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Old 27th Aug 2013, 10:56   #1 (permalink)
 
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Arrow Serbian light plane SILA 450 C by Aero-East

Has anybody checked out the SILA 450 C plane?

Aero East Europe » SILA 450 C

What are your thoughts? It's made by the Aero-East-Europe company based in the town of Kraljevo, Serbia.

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Old 27th Aug 2013, 13:08   #2 (permalink)
 
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Serbian light plane SILA 450 C by Aero-East

I just hope their technicians and designers are better than their proof readers.
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Old 27th Aug 2013, 13:20   #3 (permalink)
 
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Ditto here the pigeon English. I'm sure it's a fine machine but bad English diction can put many an interested punter off.
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Old 27th Aug 2013, 14:47   #4 (permalink)
 
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There's a wealth of references to many different certification criteria in the link, but it seems that all that has been obtained (in Germany at least) is that German certification as a microlight (only!) is in progress (only!).

Have never heard of the manufacturer before, but as a potential customer I would be worried that they are still around to offer support in the future if I were to buy one.

Performance-wise, I don't see what this aircraft offers that many established aircraft don't already offer. Empty weight of 291 kg with BRS is quite typical for this type of microlight.

Tecnam seems to offers a slimmed-down version of the P92 for a similar price.
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Old 27th Aug 2013, 15:43   #5 (permalink)
 
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Doesn't look anything special to me.

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Old 27th Aug 2013, 16:27   #6 (permalink)
 
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The English is hideous...

But that's not the point.

It seems that the company has been established by a Serbian and Italian and the plane designed in coop with the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering from Belgrade. The plane requires maintenance every 100 hours of flight.

I wonder how that'll work if you're on a whole other continent.

What I saw on TV is that they praise it and many who tested it when it was shown on an air show of some sort is that they loved it and that it has very little problems with turbulence and different sorts of non-ideal flight conditions.

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Kraljevo-based light aircraft manufacturer and distributor Aero-East-Europe, the first company in the history of Serbian aviation to manage to enter an airplane made in Serbia into the register of the European Aviation Safety Agency, launched a new airplane from the SILA (Serbian Industry of Light Aircraft) series in 2012 – SILA 450 C, which is the lightest aircraft in aforementioned series and is specially adapted to the UL market (ultra light aircraft market).

This airplane is primarily developed and designed to be used for aerial photo survey, thus cutting the costs of field survey to enable multiple savings, for the purpose of legalization, mapping and everything related to high-precision 3D aerial photos in a resolution of up to 3 cm, and it is also intended for border area surveillance, field surveillance for the purpose of fire prevention, search and rescue missions, advertising purposes such as banner towing and flyer dropping, flight training …

SILA 450 C is produced in line with JAR standards (general aviation standards). When empty and equipped only with a rescue system, this aircraft weighs as low as 290.7kg. The use of this model is extremely cost-efficient, given that it travels at an average speed of 190km/h and consumes max 15 liters of unleaded fuel per hour.

SILA 450 C is a result of domestic know-how, it is designed and built by engineers from the Aero-East-Europe company with the support of experts from the Belgrade Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.

During 2012, SILA 450 C was tested in Germany and approved for flying. The aircraft was then entered into the register, after which the process of its certification to Germany’s LTF-UL standards began.

Depending on its purpose, this airplane is twice as cheap as those made by competitors, which makes it highly competitive in the market.

Aero-East-Europe makes a total of 9 models of light aircraft and exports 99 percent of the production. The airplanes made by this Kraljevo-based company have so far been exported to Italy, Germany, Bulgaria, France, Romania, Spain, Bosnia-Herzegovina...

SILA 450 C is currently in use only in Serbia and Germany, but orders for this aircraft have already been placed by clients in France, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Poland...

INNOVATION
Sila 450 C is the latest model of light aircraft launched by Kraljevo-based Aero-East-Europe. It is built pursuant to the ultralight aircraft law and in compliance with Germany’s LTF-UL standards. It can also be registered as a VLA (aircraft weighing up to 750kg).

It is made of certified, aeronautical aluminum (Al 6061 T6, Al 2017 T3, Al 2024 T3) and steel CrMo 4130. This airplane is 6.60m long and 1.22m wide, has a wingspan of 9.40 m and a cabin 1.15m high, and weighs only 290,7kg when empty and equipped only with a rescue system, which makes it different from other similar airplanes.

Airplanes in this category must not weigh more than 297.5kg. They are usually made of metal and weigh 295kg and more, while composite airplanes have about the same weight as the aircraft made by the Kraljevo-based company. However, airplanes made of composites and plastic are much more expensive (plastic and composites lose their characteristics and quality after 10 years), with the price of such airplanes of the same category exceeding EUR 120,000.

The weight of SILA 450C is reduced without giving up the safety factor and the quality of materials, in compliance with LTF-UL standards, while simultaneously improving the aircraft performanc: fuel consumption is cut, speed is increased, and so is the aircraft climb rate, and this airplane also has more backup power. In addition, commands are improved to allow for a more stable flight and easier flying.

The aircraft travels at an average speed of 190km/h, has a fuel tank with a capacity of 100 liters and consumes 12-15 liters of unleaded fuel per hour.

Thanks to its characteristics, weight and the materials used to build it, SILA 450C has significant technical advantages over its competitors. Besides, this aircraft is twice as cheap as those made by other ultra light aircraft manufacturers.

SILA 450 C is priced at EUR 54,970, with an hour of flight costing EUR 20 (fuel price, depreciation costs), whereas Cessna Skycatcher, for example, is priced at EUR 115,000 and costs EUR 50 to fly for an hour.

SILA 450C is built in line with general aviation standards. During 2012, SILA 450 C was tested in Germany and approved for flying. The aircraft was then entered into the register, after which the process of its certification to Germany LTF-UL standards began.

SOCIAL UTILITY
Sila 450C is completely designed and built by engineers from the Aero-East-Europe company with the support of experts from the Belgrade Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.

It is a domestic product that is highly competitive in foreign markets thanks to its lower price and better technical characteristics.

Aero-East-Europe has so far developed a total of 9 models of light aircraft and is the first company in the history of Serbian aviation to manage to enter an airplane made in Serbia into the register of the European Aviation Safety Agency and, thus, enable its use in flying schools across Europe. France was the first country to issue a certificate for the aircraft of this company (MXP models built in Kraljevo), so that this Serbian product has been in use since 2007 in flying schools across Europe: France, Slovenia, Italy...

This company in Kraljevo exports 99 percent of the production to Italy, Germany, Bulgaria, France, Slovenia, Spain, Bulgaria, and it won the Best Export Product Award from SIEPA in 2009.

Aero-East-Europe plans to expand its production facility and, therefore, hire more people (100-150 new jobs).

All airplanes made by the Kraljevo-based company are built in line with general aviation standards, meaning that all materials are certified, while their prices are 30-70 percent lower than those of competitive airplanes in the global market.

Significant savings can be made if some services currently provided using helicopters are rendered using these airplanes, given that some of them are designed to travel at low speeds like helicopters (about 30 km/h). For example, the police are using helicopters for the surveillance of roads and border areas, thus spending five times more money than it would cost them to buy and use the airplanes made by the Kraljev-based company.

FINANCIAL POTENTIAL
Aero-East-Europe from Kraljevo was established in 2006. Its founders are Milorad Matic from Kraljevo and Tommaso Perosino from Italy, who started assembling MXP models in Italy and assembled a total of 30 airplanes in that country by the end of 2007, after which their entire production was relocated to Kraljevo.

They continued to produce airplanes in Serbia in cooperation with professors from the faculties of mechanical engineering in Belgrade and Kraljevo, with over 120 airplanes for various purposes built and delivered to date, while also working on perfecting new models from the SILA (Serbian Industry of Light Aircraft) series.

Aero-East-Europe has entered the history of Serbian aviation as the first company ever to enter an aircraft made in Serbia into the register of one of the members of the European Aviation Safety Agency and, thus, enable its use in flying schools across Europe.

Airplanes made by this company in Kraljevo are priced at between EUR 53,000 and EUR 128,000 (four-seater), meaning that their prices are 30-70% lower than those of competitive airplanes in the global market.

During 2012, SILA 450 C was tested in Germany and approved for flying. The aircraft was then entered into the register, after which the process of its certification to Germany’s LTF-UL standards began.

This airplane is twice as cheap as those made by competitors, which makes it highly competitive in the market. SILA 450 C is currently in use only in Serbia and Germany, but orders for this aircraft have already been placed by clients in France, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Poland...

Aero-East-Europe makes a total of 9 models of light aircraft, with SILA 450C being the latest, and exports 99 percent of the production, mainly to Italy, Bulgaria, France, Romania, Spain, Romania, Slovenia, San Marino...

In late 2012 Aero-East-Europe closed a deal worth more than EUR 1.2 million to deliver 27 airplanes to the German market.

If the ultralight aircraft SILA 450C of the Aero East Europe company is your favorite for the investment of the year, you can vote for this candidate at the official website - Aurea.


http://www.ekapija.com/website/en/page/694684

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Old 27th Aug 2013, 20:25   #7 (permalink)
 
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But that's not the point.
Sorry for being dense, but what is your point then? What is it exactly you want to know?

I have no axe to grind with this aircraft, but there's a plethora of microlight around which can do exactly the same as in the text above.

And the manufacturer probably knows this, hence some of the rather inconsistent statements in the text. One of these is the comparison with the Skycatcher, which is a US-LSA (and not available in Europe) and not a (German) microlight.

€20/hour is approx. what you pay only for fuel per hour in a Rotax 912 powered microlight in Europe. I rent a comparable (and tested and tried) Tecnam P92 and pay €100/hour, including fuel....

Speaking of Tecnam P92's, you can get one from around €58,000 (excl. VAT).

Seems like someone is trying to reinvent the hot water....
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