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Our Zlin 526F

Zlin Z-526F & Z-526AFS

‘Zlin’ takes its name from the capital of the central eastern province of the Czech Republic.  The Zlin Aircraft Company ZLINSKA LETECKA Inc. (ZLAS) – was established in 1934 by a businessman J.A. Baťa.  Since then the company have had a prolific history of aircraft production making gliders, light aircraft, helicopters as well as the famous range of classic aerobatic aircraft.

The Zlin Z-526 was originally designed in 1959 as a basic and aerobatic trainer.  Export models were built between 1966 and 1974 with a total of 352 constructed. Our example is the Z-526F and was built in 1971.
The design proved to be very popular during aerobatic competitions and as a result the single seat Z-526AFS version was developed as a single seat version of the Z-526F. They were built between 1981 and 1984.

General characteristics

  • Crew: One (Z-526AFS) or two (Z-526F) (but always flown solo for displays)LHowardIMG_1378
  • Length: 8.00 m (26 ft 3 in)
  • Wingspan: 10.60 m (34 ft 9 in)
  • Height: 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in)
  • Wing area: 15.5 m² (166.3 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 665 kg (1,465 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 975 kg (2,150 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 x LOM PRAHA SP M137A  ( AVIA V-503-A ) – 134 kW (180 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 244 km/h (132 knots)
  • Cruise speed: 210 km/h (113 knots)
  • Range: 475 km (256 nm)
  • Service ceiling: 5,200 m (17,060 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 5.99 m/s (1,180 ft/min)


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