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VL-3 RETRACTABLE GEAR

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The VL3 aircraft offers the very best in speed, style, safety and luxury. Fastest LSA. The VL3 is a light weight carbon fiber/kevlar composite 2 seat experimental aircraft. The aircraft offers a ballistic parachute, retractable landing gear, autopilot, Garmin avionics & a comfortable luxury interior. Alion Aviation is the exclusive partner of JMB Aircraft in USA.

Engine
Manufacturer
Rotax
Model
912 / 914 / 915
Horsepower
100 / 115 / 141 hp
Performance
Rotax Engines
912 / 914 / 915
Takeoff
450 / 450 / 420 ft
Climb Rate
1380/1560/2280 ft/min
Max operating Altitude
18000 ft
Stall Speed with Flaps
29 / 32 / 34 kt
Max Cruise Speed
145 / 165 / 195 KTAS
Landing Groundroll
450 ft
Weight
Empty Weight
590 lbs
Min Crew Weight
143 lbs
Max Baggage Weight
55 lbs
Max take-off Weight
1322lbs
Dimensions
Wingspan
27.6 ft
Lenght
20.4 ft
Height
6.9 ft
Cabin Width
3.77 ft
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915 iS  195 KTS

For speed freaks

 

TOW, BRINGS JOY TO GLIDERS.

Transform your VL3 into a towplane and make gliders happy. It’s easy. All you need is to install the ‘hook’ and you are ready to go.

FIXED GEAR

The fixed gear version of VL3 is designed for flight schools. Your students will learn faster since the VL3 is really easy to fly having an incredible low stall speed and short landing roll.

Performance

JMB applies the highest quality standards in both development and production through the use of certified parts and top-quality carbon fibre composite materials. The VL3 is a fast, safe and economical touring aircraft and with over 400 aircraft sold since 2002, it is a very popular and reliable choice.

*Please note that performance specifications will vary based upon weight, installed equipment, temperature and altitude.

Engine

The VL3 is available with three different engines: the Rotax 912ULS, 914UL and the Rotax 915iS. The Rotax 912 is the most popular Rotax four stroke ever produced proving its reliability and efficiency (145 ktas @ 9,000ft). The Rotax 914 is for pilots seeking a boost in performance (165 ktas @ 10,000ft). The turbocharged four stroke provides extra power and more uniform performance at higher altitudes. The 915 turns the VL3 into an ultimate performance machine with incredible agility (195 ktas @ 12,000). The fuel injected, turbocharged engine delivers outstanding cross country performance with great fuel economy. Also the 915 maintains full take off power until 15,000ft and a service ceiling of 23,000ft.

Proppeller

You can choose between a fixed pitch propeller or a variable pitch propeller to install on any of the three available engine choices. The variable pitch propeller is adjustable in-flight to enhance your climb and cruise performance. Its adjustability will also shorten your take-off distance. The fixed pitch propeller is standard equipment and included with no additional charge. The optional variable pitch propellers offered are from Woodcomp or Duc.

The airframe is completely made of composite material which excels in its specific strength and excellent fatigue properties. The entire aircraft can be broken down into individual units, i. e., both halves of the wing and tail surfaces, including stabilizers, can be separated from the fuselage to ease aircraft transport.

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The aerodynamic design of the wing gives the aircraft appropriate fall characteristics. The separation of air flow in the critical angle of slope happens at the root of the wing. This ensures good handling of the machine until it drops and symmetrically stalls. This allows for the aircraft’s smooth and agile handling.

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The tail section employs a true and tested traditional design. The internal structure of the stabilizers is similar to the construction of the wings. Therefore the tail section can be completely removed from the hull, with the exception of the keel, which is its integral part. vl3-aircraft-vl3-service-tail

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The VL3 is free of flutter up to 248 knots. However, due to our rescue system (parachute) our VNE is limited to 165 knots. The rescue system can be activated at any speed up to 165 knots. Nevertheless, the VL3 was tested in flight at much higher speeds.

The maximum speed in gusty conditions is limited to 127 knots, because safety is our priority. At 127 knots we have still a safety margin of 300%. That means that if you fly at 127 knots and experience a gust of 29 knots you will stress the plane with +5G’s. As we have a maximum loading of +15G’s on the VL3, you remain well within the safety margin.

To increase safety, the VL3 can be equipped with a TCAS
(Traffic alert and Collision Avoidance). When other traffic enters your vicinity you will receive a visual and audio alert to your EFIS and headset.

Also, an ELT ( Emergency locator transmitter) can be
installed in the VL3. The ELT transmits a signal allowing search and rescue services to find you in the event of a forced landing.

The optional Garmin GMC 307/507 autopilot control unit features the level mode button, for added safety. The LVL mode button commands automatic recovery from steep or unusual attitudes, prompting the autopilot to return the aircraft to straight and level flight.

The AOA indicator provides you with visual and audio alerts when approaching the critical angle of attack before reaching a stall.

During the lamination process for carbon fiber and kevlar parts, we use only certified resin and bonding agents. Also all fasteners, cables and wiring harnesses are aviation certified.

The VL3 has type certificates in The Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium, France, Norway, Portugal, Poland, The Baltic States, South Africa, USA, Italy, Slovakia, Turkey, Hungary and Romania. VL3 is eligible to be registered in Canada. New type certificates are in process for Israel, Australia, New Zealand and Spain.

Airframe Parachute

The parachute system is designed to protect occupants in the event of an emergency by lowering the aircraft to the ground after deployment.

In the event of an in-flight emergency, pulling the red handle deploys a solid-fuel rocket out a hatch that covers the compartment where the parachute is stored.

As the rocket carries the parachute rearward from the front of the aircraft, the embedded airplane harness straps release from the fuselage.

 
 
 

A luxury interior

Cockpit

The cabin area features clean lines and a minimalist, contemporary design. The combination of carbon and kevlar fibers, which are extremely tough, provide safety to the crew in case of an emergency landing.

Canopy

The acrylic glass canopy allows for spectacular views from the aircraft throughout your journey. Order it in your choice of clear/blue/green or brown.

Instrument panel

Each instrument panel is custom made and laser cut for the customers choice of instruments. The instrument panel is also available with gloss or matte carbon fiber finish.

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Ventilation and heating

The aircraft is equipped with a heating and ventilation system. Warm air is distributed to the leg areas, while cold air is delivered through vents on the dashboard. Strong Aveo cabin ventilation system can be ordered as an option.

Seats

Comfortable and modern – select your choice of textile or leather designs, including choice of color. The seats are equipped with four-point safety belts. You can also choose colour of stitches, safety belts, perforated leather or not, colour of embroidery.

Baggage compartment

The baggage compartment is equipped with headphones holders. You can also add the optional cargo door for easy access and storage of baggage. The baggage compartment has a maximum capacity of 55 pounds.