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Monday, December 16th 2019, 5:42pm

Drzava Fabrika Aviona Type 522 “Kraguj” Advanced Training Aircraft

Design of the Type 522 began in 1947 to replace the earlier Type 222 Vihor in the advanced training role. The new design featured a tricycle undercarriage and side-by-side seating for the student and instructor. As development progressed options were identified to allow the aircraft to fulfill other roles, including that of a four-seat light liaison aircraft (with a bench seat in the rear of the cockpit) and a civilian sport training aircraft.

General characteristics

Crew: 2
Length: 7.94 metres
Wingspan: 10.0 metres
Height: 2.92 metres
Wing area: 16.49 sq. metres
Empty weight: 1,134 kilograms
Max takeoff weight: 1,750 kilograms
Fuel capacity: 189 litres normal, provision for further 76 litres in auxiliary tanks
Powerplant: 1 × Racovica A1A6 air-cooled flat-six engine, 340 hp
Propellers: Three-blade constant-speed propeller, 2.29 metres diameter


Maximum speed: 378 kph at 4,880 metres
Cruise speed: 304 kph 3,050 metres)
Stall speed: 100 kph (flaps down)
Range: 975 kilometres
Service ceiling: 8,170 metres
Rate of climb: 7.7 metres/second
Takeoff distance to 15 metres: 440 metres
Landing distance from 15 metres: 375 metres


Wednesday, December 18th 2019, 9:54am

An interesting design, especially with the 'car' doors. I would have preferred more all-round vision and easier escape if this was my trainer (especially if your spinning exercise goes wrong), but overall the specs look good.