Meet the “secret weapon” of the military flight training of the pressured Ukrainian Air Force: the KhAZ-30 ultra-light propeller aircraft.
Developed by the Kharkov State Aircraft Manufacturing Company of Ukraine, based at the airfield of Kharkiv/Kharkov in the east of the country, the two-seat KhAZ-30 is used for elementary flight training, before air force cadets move up to the much more advanced Aero L-39 Albatross jet aircraft. The KhAZ-30 is reportedly very cost-efficient and is flown besides the Ukrainian Air Force Yakovlev Yak-52M radial engine propeller aircraft based at Kherson in the south of the country.
The take-off weight of the KhAZ-30 is 1,653lbs (750 kg). It is equipped with a doubled control system, with cadet and pilot-instructor sitting side-by-side. Despite its small size the aircraft can be suited with special equipment for various purposes, but the training aircraft used by the Ukrainian air force are fairly basic.
A piston gasoline Rotax 912ULS2 engine powers the three-bladed propeller. The plane is certified for basic aerobatic manoeuvres and can land as a glider with the engine powered off (or malfunctioning).
As far as we know the Ukrainian Air Force Academy rents/borrows the KhAZ-30 from the aircraft manufacturer for its flight operations, but does not own the aircraft itself.
The KSAMC was founded in September 1926 and has produced over 4,000 planes over the years. Apart from the KhAZ-30 the manufacturer works together with Antonov to produce and modify the AN-74, the AN-140 and constructs the wing sections of the AN-148 and AN-158 passenger aircraft.
© 2014 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger with source information from KSAMC and the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence