Aircraft

Using the right tool for the job…

Whether you are learning to fly from the beginning, learning aerobatics, fine-tuning your aircraft handling skills, or want a fast and reliable touring aircraft, the Academy has a comprehensive and modern fleet of aircraft to do the job right!

Robin R2160i:

The Australian Aerobatic Academy uses the fuel injected Robin 2160i as it’s primary training aircraft.  The Robin R2000 series aircraft have been designed with flight training across the entire flight envelope as their goal. The aircraft has good aerobatic performance, classic spinning characteristics, sound general handling and predictable stall characteristics; all of which makes it a fantastic trainer.  All aerobatic and primary training courses courses are conducted in the Robin, along with the AAA “U-fly!” Aerobatic flight training experience.

Powerplant 160 hp Lycoming AEIO-320
Cruise Speed 120 kts IAS
Climb Rate 1000’ / min
Aerobatic Limits +6 / -3 G
Wing Span 8.33 m
Height 2.13 m
Length 7.10 m

 

American Champion 7GCBC Citabria

For initial tail-wheel endorsement training, the Academy uses an immaculate, late-model American Champion Citabria (“Airbatic” spelled backwards!) – a light utility aircraft with limited aerobatic capability. The Citabria is an excellent all-round tail-wheel trainer; benign enough to be sympathetic to inexperience, yet a real challenge for those that demand perfection. Having the ability to do three-point, “wheeler” and short-field landings, the Citabria is the perfect lead-in trainer for more powerful and less forgiving tail-wheel aircraft.

AAA Citabria

Powerplant 150 hp Lycoming O-320
Cruise Speed 110 kts IAS
Climb Rate 1000’ / min
Aerobatic Limits +5 / -2 G
Wing Span 10.19 m
Height 1.96 m
Length 6.93 m

 

Pitts Special S-2A

For those looking for an aerobatic aircraft to go beyond the basics and into serious competition, the Academy is proud to offer this exceptionally maintained and low-time Pitts Special S-2A.  Capable of sustained negative “G” manoeuvres, inverted spins and with higher manoeuvrability than the Robin 2160i basic trainer, the S-2A is perfect for Sportsman to Intermediate category aerobatics. The Pitts S-2A is available to pilots who have completed the AAA Graduate aerobatics course (or recognised equivalent), a low level aerobatics endorsement to 1500 ft AGL and tail-wheel endorsement. The AAA Sportsman category aerobatics course may also be completed in the Pitts S-2A after completion of Pitts conversion training if desired.

Powerplant 200 hp Lycoming AEIO-360
Cruise Speed 115 kts IAS
Climb Rate 1800’ / min
Aerobatic Limits +6 / -3 G
Wing Span 5.29 m
Height 1.64 m
Length 4.62 m

 

Rockwell Commander 112B

For Retractable Undercarriage and Constant Speed Propeller (MPCC) endorsements, as well as economical and comfortable touring, the Academy offers a Rockwell Commander 112B. The Commander offers a large cabin, good payload and economical cruising. The Academy’s PPL Navigation course can be conducted in the Commander, allowing graduates a fine aircraft to hire immediately, rather than waste further time and money on upgrade training post-PPL.

VH-PJO

Powerplant 200 hp Lycoming IO-360
Cruise Speed 125 kts IAS
Climb Rate 800′ / min
Payload 550 kg
Wing Span 9.98 m
Height 2.57 m
Length 7.63 m

 

Cirrus SR20

For those who desire the ultimate balance of speed, comfort and safety in a touring aircraft, AAA offers a Cirrus SR20. The Cirrus is a modern, class-leading light aircraft which offers comfortable 4 seat cruise capability. The Cirrus is also equipped with a ballistic parachute system for use in an emergency. The Cirrus SR20 is available to all PPL holders or higher who have completed the AAA Advanced Aircraft Conversion Course, or flight check for those who already hold a Certificate of Completion of a Cirrus-approved course of training. Hirers must also be a graduate of a AAA BAC or AHS course (or recognised equivalent).

Cirrus SR20

Powerplant 200 hp Continental IO-360
Cruise Speed 155 kts TAS
Climb Rate 800′ / min
Payload 370 kg
Wing Span 11.6 m
Height 2.71 m
Length 7.92 m

 

Cirrus SR22

For graduates of our Cirrus Transition Training course, AAA also offers a Cirrus SR22 GTS. With its leather interior, airbags, air-conditioning, CAPS and Garmin Perspective avionics and autopilot suite, the SR 22 is the ultimate luxury touring aircraft. The Cirrus SR22 is available to PPL holders or higher who have completed the AAA Cirrus CAPS and Transition Training course on the SR20. Minimum experience requirements apply – contact us for details. Hirers must also be a graduate of a AAA BAC or AHS course (or recognised equivalent).

Powerplant 315 hp Continental IO-550
Cruise Speed 185 kts TAS
Climb Rate 1400′ / min
Payload 460 kg
Wing Span 11.6 m
Height 2.71 m
Length 7.92 m