Z-526AFS-V, OK-CXC, s/n 1220, Olomouc Aero Club, Czech Republic, 2011
This aircraft was manufactured at the beginning of
1972 and on March 7 was taken over by Svazarm
organization together with OK-CXA, CXB and CXD aircraft of the same type. She was given a special paint
job in her glory days, which was perhaps intended to
be a gold metallic, however due to the shade used
the aircraft was nicknamed "Brownie". OK-CXC was
closely tied with aerobatic pilot Václav Šmíd, who saved her after engine failure by conducting emergen-
cy landing from a very "unpromising" position at the
World Championships in Salon-de-Provence. When
the time limit for aerobatics was depleted, she was
converted by Aerotechnik Kunovice into a tow version
with typical blue and white livery for these aircraft
applied. For some time, she served with the Silesian
Aero Club Zábřeh. Around 1994 she was acquired by
the Aero Club Olomouc, which still operates her today. In 2012, OK-CXC belly landed in Bohuňovice, after
pilot's omission to extend landing gear. She underwent overhaul in Otrokovice at ZLÍN-AVION service.
Since then, she carries new livery (although blue and
white again), which was last modified in spring 2021.
The vertical tail surfaces are now decorated with
signatures of significant Olomouc aerobatic pilots.
OK-CXC won the prize for the most beautiful aero club
aircraft during the Meeting of Czechoslovak Aircraft
in September 2021.
Z-526AFS-V, OK-ERE, s/n 1307, Točná Aero Club, Slaný airfield,
Czech Republic, 2014
No. 1307 was manufactured in 1974 and was taken over
by Svazarm on December 29 of the same year as its
last Z-526AFS. The aircraft served mainly at the Točná
airfield, and the local aero club also acquired it later.
When the club was forced to move to Slaný airfield
(after the purchase of Točná by a private owner), they
took OK-ERE with them. This happened at the time she
was already converted to the AFS-V tow version after
reaching the aerobatic flying hours limit. The conversion was carried out at Aerotechnik Kunovice. In 2013,
the OK-ERE was damaged in a failed landing, which
ended up in the ditch behind the end of the runway.
Another accident occurred during the return from an
air meeting in Poland, when the pilot hit the power lines with the rudder and tore it off. During necessary
repair, the black stripes disappeared from the rudder.
In June 2019 the OK-ERE was sold to private owner,
who used the engine for another airplane, and sold her
engine-less. New owner plans full overhaul and engine
installation. It is certainly worth mentioning that in the
days of her aerobatic career OK-ERE served, among
others, the later double European aerobatics champion
Petr Jirmus. The drawing of the lady on the starboard
side is by the airbrush painter Olivia de Derardinis.
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