Ian Eccles has been flying aircraft professionally for over 31 years.
Learning to fly with the Royal Australian Air Force at the age of 18, Ian is now a commercial Pilot with QANTAS Airways.
The Yakovlev model 52 trainer was designed by the A.S. Yakovlev Bureau in Soviet Russia as the successor to their model 18 trainer.
The Yak-52 was designed originally as an aerobatic trainer for students in the Soviet DOSAAF training organisation, which trained both civilian sport pilots and military pilots. Since the early 1990s and the fall of the Soviet Union, many Yak 52s have been exported to the west. Of the approximately 1,800 produced to date, most now fly in the United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia and other western countries.
The aircraft provides excellent handling from basic training through to advanced aerobatic training with "g" limits of +7 -5g with 2 crew.
The sturdy and reliable Vendeneyev M-14P/360 HP is the world's last in production radial engine.
The aircraft can be operated from hard runways, unimproved surfaces or even snow when fitted with skis.
Maintenance is relatively easy and can be performed in the "field". The Yak-52 offers performance and ease of operation, second-to-none.