The Petrel 912i VLA is a light instruction airplane with easy flying characteristics for students with a rugged structure conformed of steel tubes and fabric covering for easy and low cost maintenance. The engine cowls, rear upper fuselage and wheel fairings are made of composed materials to save weight.
The airplane is constructed with certified materials that where manufactured exclusively for the project by renowned companies like Tenaris. 70% of the materials are produced in Argentina while the rest is from international general aviation providers.
Flight controls have a neutral position with electronic trim and big control surfaces to improve performance
The cockpit has an excellent 360° view for the pilots and it was designed to improve the awareness and flight instruments observation. The seats are comfortable and incorporate a head support and 3 point safety seat belt. The cockpit has heating and fresh air opening for comfortable long flights.
The cell is made from reticular steel SAE 4340 tubes welded with GMAW process. The safety structure surrounding the pilots was designed to withstand impacts in order to have a high grade of survival.
The wings have a next generation GA 30315 profile.
The design is rectangular to reduce construction costs and maintenance . Flaps are mechanical with three point positions. The wing profile was selected to gain high lift and maneuverability at low speeds.
It is made with SAE 4340 steel in tricycle configuration that function as fuses without damaging the main structure in case of impact.
The ROTAXengine can be selected from an 80 hp 13l/h to 100 hp 17 l/h for better performance. The airplane can be equipped with three different engines according to the necessities of clients.
The propeller is FAR 33 certified made of wood and composite materials to improve durability.