The LAA and Dragon Aviation, importers of the Ukrainian Aeroprakt A32 Vixxen are working together on CAA registration of the aircraft as a sub-600kg microlight in its kit version and also introducing it as a factory-built sub-600kg microlight under the new regulations.
The Vixxen and its predecessor the Aeroprakt A22 Foxbat have been highly successful as LAA-overseen kit aircraft in the SEP and microlight categories, with around 55 of the earlier model flying in the UK, as well as 13 A32 Vixxens which have flown since the type was approved in 2019.
“Based on our long working relationship with Dragon and Aeroprakt, it is logical that the LAA develops this for both homebuilding and factory building in the sub-600kg microlight category” says LAA Engineering Director John Ratcliffe.
“We see the changeover of the existing kit version to a sub-600kg microlight as a fairly simple step which can be undertaken promptly using the existing processes. The factory-built version under the 600kg rules will be the first 600kg factory built type that the LAA will bring onto the fleet, under the type approved route through the CAA and we assist Dragon Aviation in achieving the necessary A1 company approval.”
Dragon Aviation was founded 1991 as a microlight flying school by Ray Everitt. Over the next few years he became a PFA and BMAA senior inspector, before becoming the sole importer of the Aeroprakt all metal designs for the UK and Ireland.
Designed and built in the Ukraine, the A32 Vixxen is the next generation of aircraft available from Aeroprakt. With a similar wing design to the A22 but with a more aerodynamic and streamlined airframe, it is able to fly both faster and slower than the A22 at each end of the speed envelope. The A32 also benefits from a more spacious feel inside the cockpit.
While the Aeroprakt aeroclub and airstrip in Nalivaykivka have been damaged in the ongoing conflict, latest news is that the factory in Kyiv is not damaged, limited production has resumed, at around one third of the pre-war capacity, and parts and jigs have been moved elsewhere.
As with so many across the free world, we are proud be supporting a Ukrainian manufacturer during and hopefully, post- the current conflict.