Aviatika MAI 890
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light sport aircraft, experimental light sport aircraft, experimental
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Aviatika MAI 890 experimental
lightsport aircraft, amateur built aircraft.
The Aviatika MAI-890 is a light airplane that combines the
advantages of ultralights With those of light airplanes.
This little lane's history should tell you something about
its construction; it was built by the same manufacturer that
produced the MiG fighters (no, this isn't a jet, or even
close but you could say it's a distant relative).
In other words, this baby can
do aerobatics despite its fragile appearance. Structural
limits provided by the manufacturer are +6 and -4 G. And
they say it's easier to fly than a Cessna 150.
This awesome (can you tell we like this one?) little bird
can be powered by a range of engines, 65 to 100 hp. With a
Rotax 582, Cruising speed is 72 mph and maximum Speed in
level flight is 87 mph. Rate of climb Is a respectable 1000
fpm. Fuel capacity in the main tanks is 15 gal; with the
auxiliary tanks, you'll get an extra 16.2 gal. Cruise range
with the main tanks is 168 miles; if you have loaded up the
auxiliary tanks you get a total of 340 miles.
The Aviatika MAI-890 stands 7.4' high and is 17.4' long. The
span on the top wing is 26.6' with a total wing area of 154
sq ft. This little bi-plane is constructed of aluminum and
titanium alloys, steel, and fabric. The gear is extremely
rugged but very agile. Visibility from the small cockpit is
incredible! Additionally, cabin width is 24". Empty weight
is 450 lbs and it can handle a useful load of up to 300 lbs.
Takeoff distance is an amazingly short 165' and landing
distance is 275'. Maximum ceiling Is 18,000'.
During flight testing, we found this airplane to offer
excellent, easy handling; however, the control mixing is a
little different from what most of us are used to. The stall
is a very docile affair and the aircraft spins
conventionally, albeit a little quickly, after the spin is
Not to worry, though?recovery is very quick. The MAI-890 is
approved for a number of aerobatic maneuvers and does a
breathtaking snap roll, spins great, and is even listed to
do tail-slides! If you want a nice, cheap aerobat, this
could be your bird!
ZOOM REPORT: The MAI-890 is a gas! It loops, rolls,
spins like a top, and yet is gentle enough to send out at
the hands of a student pilot. Best of all, this is a very
unusual, appealing little aircraft that will definitely
arouse interest from all who see it. If you want something
uncommon but still safe, fun, and built like the proverbial
tank, this has to be considered.
Ground Handling: B+. Rugged gear!
Flight Characteristics: 6+. Fun, easy, docile.
Company Profile: A.
Kit/Plans: N/A. Comes complete.
Bang for the Buck: B+.
Risk Factor: 4. Foreign aircraft.
Aviatika MAI 890
experimental homebuilt lightsport aircraft
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