FFA AS 202 Bravo

The AS/SA 202 Bravo is a two to three-seat civil light aircraft jointly designed and manufactured by the Swiss company Flug- und Fahrzeugwerke Altenrhein (FFA) and the Italian company Savoia-Marchetti. The aircraft was designated the AS 202 in Switzerland, and the SA 202 in Italy.

AS/SA 202 Bravo
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Role Civil light aircraft
National origin Switzerland/Italy
Manufacturer FFA/SIAI-Marchetti
First flight 9 March 1969
Retired Patria Pilot Training 2011
Status Active
Primary users Indonesian Air Force
Ugandan Air Force
Produced 1969–1991
Number built 214
Variants FFT Eurotrainer 2000

Savoia-Marchetti manufactured the wings, undercarriage and engine installation, while FFA manufactured the fuselage, tail and controls, while both companies had assembly plants manufacturing the complete aircraft.

The first Swiss model flew on 9 March 1969, the first Italian aircraft following on 8 May.

Bravo is a rugged all-metal low-wing monoplane with a full vision canopy. Its tricycle landing gear is fixed.

34 15s and 180 18s were built, with most in service with military customers. The biggest civil operator was Patria Pilot Training at Helsinki-Malmi Airport, Finland during 2000–2011.

VariantsEdit

AS/SA 202/10
With 115 hp Lycoming O-235-C2A engine
AS/SA 202/15
With 150 hp Lycoming O-320-E2A engine, fixed pitch propeller, optional third aft seat
AS/SA 202/18A
With 180 hp Lycoming AEIO-360-B1F engine, constant speed propeller, third aft seat, fully aerobatic.
AS/SA 202/26A
With 195 kW (260hp) Lycoming AEIO-540 engine. Only one aircraft manufactured so far.
AS 32T Turbo Trainer
Two-seat tandem trainer aircraft, powered by a 268 kW (360-hp) Allison 250-B17C turboprop engine. Only one aircraft manufactured.
FFA 2000 / FFT 2000 / Eurotrainer 2000
Composite derivative

OperatorsEdit

Civil operatorsEdit

  •   Finland
    • Patria Pilot Training – 7 aircraft in 2000–2011. Patria's Bravos are ex-British Aerospace Flying College aircraft. BAE Flying College owned 11 aircraft, but 1 was lost in Scotland claiming 2 lives. Remaining 10 aircraft were sold to private Finnish flying school Pilot Factory, which merged with Patria in 2004–2005.

7 aircraft out of original 10 remain in service. During merger with Patria, one aircraft was sold to private owner. Night-time accident at Helsinki-Malmi airport in 2002 claimed no lives but hull was damaged beyond repair. In August 2010 one aircraft veered off the runway at Helsinki-Malmi and was written off.

Patria's Bravos were replaced with Tecnam P2002JF.

  •   Uganda
    • Uganda Central Flying School – 8 aircraft.

Military operatorsEdit

Former military operatorsEdit

Specifications (202/15)Edit

Data from Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1976-77[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1 or 2
  • Length: 7.5 m (24 ft 7 in)
  • Wingspan: 9.75 m (32 ft 0 in)
  • Height: 2.81 m (9 ft 3 in)
  • Wing area: 13.86 m2 (149.2 sq ft)
  • Airfoil: root: NACA 632618 modified 17.63%; tip: NACA 632415 modified 15%
  • Empty weight: 630 kg (1,389 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 885 kg (1,951 lb) (and MLW) aerobatic
999 kg (2,202 lb) (and MLW) utility
  • Fuel capacity: 140 l (37.0 US gal; 30.8 imp gal) in two wing leading-edge tanks
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming O-320-E2A 4-cylinder air-cooled horizontally-opposed piston engine, 112 kW (150 hp)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed McCauley 1C172 MGM, 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) diameter fixed-pitch propeller

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 211 km/h (131 mph, 114 kn) (utility at MTOW) at sea level
  • Cruise speed: 211 km/h (131 mph, 114 kn) (utility at MTOW) maximum ; 75% power at 2,440 m (8,005 ft)
203 km/h (126 mph; 110 kn) (utility at MTOW) economical ; 66% power at 3,050 m (10,007 ft)
  • Stall speed: 110 km/h (68 mph, 59 kn) flaps up
89 km/h (55 mph; 48 kn) flaps down
  • Never exceed speed: 322 km/h (200 mph, 174 kn) (utility at MTOW)
  • Range: 890 km (550 mi, 480 nmi) max fuel no reserve
  • Service ceiling: 4,265 m (13,993 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 3.22 m/s (633 ft/min)
  • Wing loading: 72.2 kg/m2 (14.8 lb/sq ft)
  • Power/mass: 0.112 kW/kg (0.068 hp/lb)

See alsoEdit

Related lists

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Taylor, John W.R., ed. (1976). Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1976-77 (67th ed.). London: Jane's Yearbooks. pp. 164–165. ISBN 0-3540-0538-3.