FOXBAT NEW ZEALAND
Affordable Light Sport Airplanes.
WELCOME TO FOXBAT NZ
Welcome to the home of Foxbat New Zealand, exclusive Distributors for Aeroprakt aircraft in New Zealand and the South Pacific.
We specialise in the sale of the famous FOXBAT Light Sport Aircraft, new and used, at competitive prices with instrumentation and equipment to suit specific preferences and requirements.
In addition, we also offer after sales service, parts, and maintenance from our various locations with service contracts as required.
The Foxbat is a very effective aircraft even down to the stall with a power to weight ratio that is excellent. Visibility is outstanding and best of all Pilots can see vertically down due to convex doors.
Browse both Aircraft that are available. Feel free to send us an email if you are looking for additional information.
Finance is available to approved purchasers.
JIM LYVER: 027 4400 747
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About Foxbat New Zealand
The Aeroprakt A-22 Foxbat is a Ukrainian two-seat, high-wing, tricycle landing gear ultralight aircraft that was designed by Yuri Yakovlev and is manufactured by Aeroprakt.
Aeroprakt began design of the A-22 in February 1990, with the first prototype making its maiden flight on 21 October 1996, and a German-certified version entered production in 1999.
The Foxbat is a very short take-off and landing (VSTOL) aircraft and the range of propellors can be set as required. The Foxbat also has amazing take-off and landing performance.
The A-22 uses a 3-axis control system, giving the pilot full control over the aircraft. The A-22 uses flaperons in place of ailerons and flaps, giving a stall speed of 27 knots or less with the flaperons fully down. A great range of speeds to fly for recreational purpose.
Powered by the well known, reliable, 4 stroke liquid cooled Rotax 912ULS carbureted 100hp engine, it is perfect for flying training, two-up touring and for the sport pilot who often flies with a friend.
Almost 1,000 Foxbat A22 aircraft have been manufactured and it is a great choice for recreational pilots.
Don’t just take our word for it, book in for a Demo Flight today and you’ll find out why the Foxbat is quickly becoming one of New Zealand’s most popular training aircraft!
Foxbat A22 Manufactured
2 Foxbat Choices
If you’re looking for a rugged aircraft that’s easy to handle, has amazing short field performance, yet is capable of cruising at 90+ knots, while (legally) carrying a good load – you’ve come to the right place!
But first, here are six basic reasons to have a long hard look at a Foxbat:
It is a very short take-off and landing (VSTOL) aircraft
So what? Simply – control and safety. Getting off and back on to the ground quickly, at a slow speed, means less wear & tear on the landing gear, and less potential damage to the propeller from stones and gravel. And less inertia to bring to a halt if the unthinkable happens on take-off or landing!
There is a huge amount of room in the cabin
It’s probably the biggest, airiest cabin in its class. This means that whether you’re learning, or flying with a friend, you’re not jammed shoulder to shoulder, the controls are easier to use, and room to move makes for greater safety all round.
The visibility is, in the words of one owner, ‘almost scary’
The doors are glazed to the floor, the windscreen is massive and even the rear section of the fuselage is glazed. If you’re teaching in the Foxbat, this makes for superb circuit visibility. If you’re touring, you can see everything on the ground for miles around. The seats are positioned correctly, so tall people do not get a sore neck having to duck down to see under the wing in flight and yet can easily see over the nose.
The flight handling is superbly balanced and safe
Stalling is a non-event, even without flap. There is no tendency at all to drop a wing and you can side-slip safely with or without flap. At slow speeds, the controls are light and effective – at higher speeds they firm-up and make cruising a more relaxed affair than in some sensitive ‘performance’ related aircraft.
It has a metal airframe
So? In two words, safety & durability.
Safety: an all-metal airframe has good impact characteristics. Metal will bend and absorb forces before breaking, helping to protect occupants in the event of an accident. In comparison, composites do not absorb impacts well, usually fragmenting suddenly without bending.
Durability: correctly proofed, metal structures are durable and resistant to the external environment. Unlike composites, metal is not susceptible to structural changes caused by UV radiation, high temperatures and other weather effects. For example, composites can become significantly weakened if the surface temperature rises above 40 degrees – very easily done in even mild sunlight on a summer day.
Last but not least, it’s easy to get into and out of
Fed up of contorting yourself to get over the control sticks? Or jamming your legs to get under the control yokes? Forget it in a Foxbat. The centre stick makes entry and exit as simple as getting into & out of bed! Even the optional control yokes are set high so you can just slide in under them.
The A32 is the latest addition to the Aeroprakt range of aircraft. Before release, the A32 was in development and testing for over 3 years. Much of this development has centred on ‘state-of-the-art’ aerodynamics. The A32 has undergone an extensive flight-test programme to ensure that theoretical improvements actually work in practice.
The results speak for themselves:
The aircraft is aerodynamically ‘clean’
At a glance, it’s easy to see the faired landing gear legs and wheels and the fairings at the top and bottom of the wing lift-struts. The fuselage is smooth with aerodynamic fairings fitted to the wing roots at the leading and trailing edges. What’s not so easy to see at a glance is the work inside the engine bay to reduce significant areas of drag. All these changes result in an aircraft that flies fast, glides well, stalls slow and uses less fuel than many other LSAs.
The cabin is very light and airy
The windscreen curves up level with the top of wing, resulting in excellent headroom and refined aerodynamics. The fuselage ‘monocoque’ needs no diagonal struts inside the windshield, so there is an unimpeded, panoramic view forward. Additionally, there is no horizontal cross-member behind the seats, resulting in easy seat positioning and a low CofG for the luggage compartment in the floor behind the seats.
The doors are fully sealed
The door design incorporates composite frames with convex polycarbonate transparencies, which seal against the airframe to keep noise and aerodynamic drag to a minimum.There is also a special design of door handle mechanism which requires no spring-loading, increasing service life and giving easy access and secure closing.
The seats are set high
The high-set seats have two significant benefits for pilots and co-pilots alike – a great view over the nose and excellent knee room. These benefits have been achieved without compromising one of Aeroprakt’s great signature benefits – there’s no need to duck your head to see under the wing when you’re flying the aircraft. The seats, which tilt forward for luggage access, have storage pockets behind the back-rests and are adjustable fore and aft using a spring locator at the front of the seat.
There is an all-flying tailplane (‘stabilator’) with an anti-servo tab
There are three main reasons for introducing an all-flying tail plane on the A32 – the first on an Aeroprakt aircraft. First, control forces and trim drag are reduced. Second, an all-flying tail is simpler to produce; fewer moving parts means greater reliability. Finally, it has some aerodynamic advantages over a fixed stabiliser/elevator combination enabling more precise control of the aircraft – particularly when taking off and landing.
Quick Foxbat Facts
- The Foxbat is the best ab-nito trainer to teach students to fly in
- It has a Y shaped yoke with twin throttles
- Robust Airframe
- Steelbox for luggage with side door 30kg.
- Great for glider towing
- It also has a water cooled engine – no thermal cylinder shocks when power reduced to idle.
- Efficient Fuel Burn Rate: Fuel burn rate to fuel tank capacity is great, reducing the cost of operating significantly lower.
- Long range tanks, giving it a duration of over 6 hours with a reserve.
“What can I say? – I’m loving my Foxbat A22-LS! It’s taken me from Christchurch to Auckland, round the Marlborough Sounds and to a wide variety of back-country strips, beaches and paddocks in the Canterbury Plains. The aircraft is well-made, a joy to fly and represents good value for money compared to kitset options. Thanks Jim and the team!”
“I am so thrilled with the new Aeroprakt A22LS Foxbat you delivered to the SI for me. It is such a versatile aircraft to fly and has great cruise and STOL capabilities that are simply incredible. I think every farmer should have one!
I have no problem recommending Jim Lyver of Foxbat NZ to help someone into a great Foxbat aircraft deal.”
“I have owned a half share in the
A-22LS Foxbat for the past 8 years and it has given me a lot of happy flying. The cockpit is roomy such that the pilot and co-pilot never have to rub shoulders and there is a generous luggage locker. Power is by the reliable Rotax 12 ULS which gives 100 knots at maximum cruise power. In my view, the Foxbat A-22LS is a very good, all round aircraft.”