Airplanes

Partenavia P68

The Partenavia P.68, now Vulcanair P.68, is an Italian six-seat, twin-engine, high-wing monoplane built by Partenavia and later Vulcanair. It was originally put into production in 1972, and it stayed in production up to the present day. First it was intended for private or business use, but has also seen use as both a training and a light transport aircraft.

In recent years the P.68 is used for police work, observation duties, transport of sick people, training for multi engine rating, IFR, skydiving etc.

In its fleet Aero Club Skopje possesses two planes P.68 model Victor, and they are used for VIP transport, application of bates-vaccines against fox rabies, aerial treatment against mosquitos and skydiving.

General characteristics: Capacity: 6 passengers, Length: 9.55 m, Wingspan: 12.00 m, Height: 3.40 m, Empty weight: 1,230 kg, Max. takeoff weight: 1,990 kg, Powerplant: 2 × Lycoming IO-360-A1B6 fuel injected, air-cooled flat-four, (200 hp) each.

Performance: Maximum speed: 322 km/h (174 knots, 200 mph) at sea level, Cruise speed: 298 km/h (161 knots, 185 mph) at 3,350 m, Range: 2,112 km, Service ceiling: 5,850 m, Rate of climb: 7.6 m/s.

 

Cessna 172 Skyhawk

The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is an American four-seat, single-engine, high wing, fixed-wing aircraft made by the Cessna Aircraft Company. First flown in 1955, more 172s have been built than any other aircraft in the history of aviation.

Measured by its longevity and popularity, the Cessna 172 is the most successful aircraft in history. Cessna delivered the first production model in 1956 and as of 2015, the company and its partners had built more than 44,000. The aircraft remains in production today. Cessna introduced a retractable landing gear version of the 172 in 1980 and named it the Cutlass 172RG.

A Cessna 172 was used in 1958 to set the world record for flight endurance; the record still stands. On May 28, 1987, a rented Reims Cessna F172P, was used by a German teenage pilot Mathias Rust to fly an unauthorized flight from Helsinki Airport through Soviet airspace to land near the Red Square in Moscow, all without being intercepted by Soviet air defense.

Through its history, Air Club Skopje used three different versions of this model: Cessna 172K, L and M respectively. Currently we use one Cessna 172K, which was build in 1969, and it is used for basic pilot training, panoramic flights, application of bates-vaccines against fox rabies and for personal use.

 

American Champion Citabria

The Citabria is a light single-engine, two-seat, fixed conventional gear airplane which entered production in the United States in 1964. Designed for flight training, utility and personal use, it is capable of sustaining aerobatic stresses from +5g to -2g. Its name spelled backwards, "airbatic", reflects this.

When the Citabria was introduced, it was the only airplane being commercially produced in the United States which was certified for aerobatics. Citabrias were also popular as trainers; because of their conventional gear and their aerobatic capabilities; and as personal aircraft. They were also found in utility roles such as bush flying—thanks to their short take-off and landing ability, agriculture, pipeline patrol, and as glider towplanes. Though variants of the design, and other better-suited designs have largely taken over the Citabria's utility roles, Citabrias remain popular as trainers, glider towplanes, and for personal use.

General characteristics: Crew: one, Capacity: one passenger, Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming O-320-A2B four cylinder, four-stroke, horizontally opposed aircraft engine, 150hp (110 kW), Propellers: 2-bladed fixed pitch.
Performance: Maximum speed: 209km/h, Cruise speed: 202km/h, Range: 761km, Service ceiling: 5,200m, Rate of climb: 5.7m/s

Throughout its history there were two Citabria models 7GCBC Explorer that were used in the club. They were used mostly for towing gliders. At the moment Air Club Skopje possesses one Citabria, which is in use since 1972.

 

Cessna 182 Skylane

The Cessna 182 Skylane is an American four-seat, single-engined light airplane, built by Cessna of Wichita, Kansas. It has the option of adding two child seats, installed in the baggage area. Introduced in 1956, the 182 has been produced in a number of variants, including a version with fixed or retractable landing gear, with ordinary piston engine with carburetor, injection, with turbo charger or diesel engine. It is the second most popular Cessna model, after the 172. It is still in production nowadays.

The version 182H, built in 1964 is in the fleet of Aero Club Skopje since 2009 and it is used for: glider towing, skydiving, banner towing, application of bates-vaccines against fox rabies, aerial treatment against mosquitos, VIP transport and for personal use.

General characteristics: capacity 3 passengers, length 8,6m, wing span 10,9m, empty weight 730kg, MTOW 1338kg.
Performance: 1x Continental O-470 six cylinders with carburetor, constant speed propeller, water cooled engine. Max. power 230hp. Max. speed 270km/h, cruising speed (75% engine power, altitude 2000m) 259km/h, economy speed on 3000m 211km/h, range 1,100 to 1,865km.

 

Piper PA-28 Cherokee

The Piper PA-28 Cherokee is a family of light aircraft built by Piper Aircraft and designed for flight training, air taxi, and personal use. The PA-28 family of aircraft are all-metal, unpressurized, single-engine, piston-powered airplanes with low-mounted wings and tricycle landing gear. They have a single door on the copilot side, which is entered by stepping on the wing.

Piper has created variations within the Cherokee family by installing engines ranging from 140 to 300hp (105–220 kW), offering turbocharging, retractable landing gear, constant speed propeller, diesel engines and stretching the fuselage to accommodate six people. The Piper PA-32 (initially known as "Cherokee Six") is a larger, six-seat variant of the PA-28.

The PA-28 series competes with the high-winged Cessna 172 holding the second place in number of production, and there are more than 32,778 produced to this day.

There are two models of PA-28 used in Aero Club; PA-28-181 Archer II with fixed undercarriage, Lycoming O-360-A4M carburetor engine with fixed speed propeller with 180hp and PA-28R-201 Arrow III with retractable undercarriage, Lycoming IO-360-C1C6 engine with injection and constant speed propeller with 200hp.

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