Z-226M, OK-KND, No. 31-09, Aero Club Chomutov, Czech Republic, around 1995
This scheme depicts the "Kanada" as it flew after the overhaul in 1990-1991 as the Z-226M version. However, not much was
missing, and it wouldn't have survived the flight from the Aerotechnik company in Kunovice to Chomutov. During the flight, the
engine stopped due to malfunction. Experienced pilot Petr Švestka, however, managed to glide with the aircraft to the airport in
Kolín, where he performed successful emergency landing, saving the valuable Trenér for the Chomutov Aero Club.
Z-226MS, OK-KND, No. 31-09, Aero Club Chomutov, Czech Republic, 2021
One of the oldest airworthy Treners has been serving with the Chomutov Aero Club since the early 90s. It was test-flown on
November 29, 1956, as the Z-226B and assigned to the Liberec County Aero Club (registered on February 26, 1957) subsequently.
The Aircraft than wandered around the "subordinate" Aero Clubs (Česká Lípa, Hodkovice and Mohelkou, Raná u Loun, Most, Chomutov...). Due to cracked main spar, it was deemed unairworthy in 1985 and stayed grounded until 1990, when the overhaul was
started. It was also converted to the Z-226M in the process. Later on, in December 2001, the next overhaul changed the OK-KND
to Z-226MS standard. For a period of time, OK-KND then flew forest fire monitoring flights for the Fire Department (thanks to
this, the county also provided funds for the overhaul and conversion). Today, the "Kanada", as is the OK-KND nicknamed, serves
for glider towing and looks as depicted in the paint scheme.
INFO Eduard - November 2021