VICTA Airtourer 115

Australian aircraft

The Australian aviation industry does not have a great tradition. Until the Second World War, Australia took aircraft material from England, and during the war, the license production of fighters was only started.

The actual construction of sports aircraft began much later in Australia. The chief aerodynamicist of the Australian Aeronautical Institute, Henry Millicer, designed a light sports aircraft for an English competition in 1953. The construction was commissioned to the motor company Vieta Limited, which created a special aircraft department. The Airtourer prototype aircraft was flown in March 1959 with a Continental 65 hp engine. Airtourer 115 then in about a year. Deliveries to the Australian and New Zealand Aero Club began in 1963.

The designer's effort was not only to create an aircraft suitable for private and commercial use, but also for training and full acrobatics, specifically for the conditions there. (The design allows for an overload of 4-9g and — 6g during acrobatics.)

VICTA Airtourer 115 plans

VICTA "Airtourer 115" is a two-seater self-supporting low-plane aircraft of all-metal construction with a fixed three-wheel landing gear.
The wing is built as a whole as a single beam. The entire trailing edge is occupied by ailerons and flaps. The construction is all-metal, semi-shell, flaps and ailerons have two auxiliary beams, the cover is signed to increase strength (they are without ribs). At the fuselage, the wing has a NACA 23012 profile, at the tip NACÁ 4412, but crossed by 3°. Edge arches are laminate.

The half-shell construction hull is also all-metal. The spacious cabin with two side-by-side seats is equipped with a large drop-shaped transparent cover that slides back. The cockpit solution is unusual for us. Although the on-board instruments are concentrated on the left side of the dashboard, there is only one control stick and it is located between the seats. It has a wide eye at the top so that it can be grasped by both pilots.

The tail surfaces are all metal, with laminate arches. Both rudders are structurally similar with ailerons and wing flaps.
The landing gear consists of a three-wheel fixed landing gear, structurally interesting in that the main landing gear struts are actually leaf steel springs. Dunlop 5.00 x 5 wheels are fitted with hydraulic disc brakes. The nose landing gear is telescopic with a coiled steel spring inside. The bike is not in the fork, it is mounted on the fly. At the end of the hull is a small auxiliary spur.

Motor unit. A four-cylinder air-cooled Lycoming 0-235-C 1 115 hp at 2,800 rpm engine drives a Mc Cauley fixed metal propeller with a 0,179 cm pitch and 135 cm pitch. (The "100" type has a Rolls-Royce license Continental 0-200A engine, the propeller is also a Me Cauley, 0 175/127 cm.) The engine covers and the propeller cone are made of laminates. The air inlet to the carburetor is equipped with a filter.

Coloring. Both versions of the aircraft are supplied with a standard type of coloring, which is indicated on the drawing and which has three variants, while the basic color is always white: A - fawn, dark brown; В - light blue, dark blue; C - light green, dark green. In addition, the laminate parts are always red. The upper part of the fuselage flaps is striped in black and yellow at an angle of 45°. There is a company logo on the upper part of the keel. The registration marks are always in the dark shade of the respective color. The drawn aircraft has VH-MVA.

Technical data and performances: span 7.93, length 6.53 (only 6.32 for the 100 model), height 2.08 m; bearing area 11.2 m2; empty weight 475 kg; maximum take-off weight 748 kg, maximum permissible weight for aerobatics 703 kg. Speeds: maximum horizontal 230, economic cruise at 1220 m 185, minimum 85 km/h; climb rate at the ground 274 m/min, practical reach 4275 m; range of 935 km at economical speed and reserve for 45 min. flight.

1. Rolls Royce Continental 0-200 A engine
2. Me Cauley fixed pitch propeller
3. Cover made of glass laminates
4. Cone made of glass laminates
5. Air inlet to the carburetor
6. Exhaust silencers
7. Rotating bow landing gear
8. Oil cooler
9. Fuel cleaner
10. Electric fuel pump
11. Brake cylinder
12. Engine bed
13. Fire wall
14. Foot control pedals
15. Fire extinguishers
16. Magnet
17. Launcher
18. Switching relay
19. Voltage regulator
20. Accumulator
21. Manual flap lever
22. Chassis suspension
23. Flexible steel chassis leg
24. Pre-hiding detector
25. Guide to positions. light
26. Position light
27. Static rolling
28. Laminate edge, arches
29. Wings
30. Dependence of ailerons and flaps
31. Landing flap
32. Crampon
33. Turn signal rod
34. Elevator control rod
35. Half-shell hull
36. Luggage compartment
37. Ventilation
38. Dear lifters
39. Cabin handle
40. Steering lever
41. Dashboard
42. Switch panel

It differs in appearance from the "115" type only in the shape of the engine cover