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LAK-17A

The LAK-17A is a new generation of FAI 15m/18m class sailplane, designed according to JAR-22 category "U" specifications. It is a mid-wing gilder with flaps, T-tail, retractable main landing gear and is capable of carrying 180 liters (47 gallons) water ballast.

The sailplane is made of hybrid composite materials (kevlar, carbon, and glass fiber). The wing spar is made of modern carbon rods Graphlite SM315 and has a double T section. The weight of each wing panel is about 55 kg. The airbrakes are situated in upper surfaces only. The wing airfoil is LAP 92-130/15 and it passes into the LAP 92-150/15 in the tip. For the technophiles among you who wish to read more about the revolutionary Graphlite carbon rods used in LAK-17A click here: *

The cockpit is of monocoque construction. The manually contoured seat pan and an adjustable seat back together with optimally arranged control elements offer notable comfort on long flights. The one-piece Plexiglass canopy hinges forward. On the left side there is a sliding window with additional ventilation. The instrument panel lifts up together with the canopy. The material which is used for the canopies of  LAK 17A  has a UV permeability of 99%. That means, that only 1% of UV passes the glass.

The retractable landing gear has a 350xl35 tire and shock absorber. The mechanical main wheel brake is actuated by a handle on the control stick. The rudder pedals are adjustable in flight. All controls, including the water ballast system, hook up automatically. The tow release is mounted near the main landing gear and permits winch as well as aerotow take off. The wings incorporate fork-type spar roots joined with two pins.

The T-tail (fixed stabilizer with elevator) of the LAK-17A provides stable and responsive pitch characteristics. The elevator hooks up automatically during assembly. The glider is fitted with a fin ballast tank (capacity 7 liters) in order to compensate the nose-heavy moment created by the high ballast loads in the wing tanks. The water ballast is filled in, and emptied out through the holes at the bottom of the wings. The VHF antenna is mounted in the vertical fin.

Technical data LAK-17A

DIMENSIONS WEIGHTS AND LOADINGS
Wing span 15 meter 18 meter   15 meter 18 meter
Wing area 9.06 m2
97.52 sqft
9.80 m2
105.51 sqft
Empty weight 215 kg
474 lbs
225 kg
496 lbs
Wing aspect ratio 24.83 33 Max. gross weight 500 kg
1102 lbs
500 kg
1102 lbs
Fuselage length 6.53 m 6.53 m Max. wing loading 55.2 kg/m2
11.30 lbs/sqf
51.0 kg/m2
10.45 lbs/sqf
Height 1.29 m 1.29 m Min. wing loading 31.5 kg/m2
6.45 lbs/sqf
30.1 kg/m2
6.17 lbs/sqf

Performance

SPEEDS AND LIMITATIONS *)
*) Limitations reflect certification in the standard airworthiness 'U' category per JAR-22, as listed in the flight manual. Proven design loads exceed the limits set by certification. 
PERFORMANCE
Wing span 15 meter 18 meter   15 meter 18 meter
Max. calm air speed

Limit load factor *)
with airbrakes retracted
with airbrakes extended

275 km/h
148 knots

+ 4 / -1.5
+ 3.5 / 0

275 km/h
148 knots

+ 4 / -1.5
+ 3.5 / 0

Min. sink rate 0.54 m/s
105 fpm
0.49 m/s
96 fpm
Max. rough air speed

Limit load factor *)

205 km/h
110 knots

+ 5.3 / -2.65

205 km/h
110 knots

+ 5.3 / -2.65

Stall speed in level flight, without water ballast, at the corresponding flap position (L,+2,+1,0,-1), in 15 meter configuration L : 69 km/h 37 knots
+2: 69 km/h 37 knots
+1: 72 km/h 39 knots
0 : 75 km/h 40 knots
-1: 76 km/h 41 knots
Max. flap extended speed
setting -1 and 0
275 km/h
148 knots
275 km/h
148 knots
Best L/D without ballast at 95 km/h (51 knots) 46:1 49:1
Max. flap extended speed
setting +1 through L
Limit load factor *)
160 km/h
86 knots
+ 4
160 km/h
86 knots
+ 4
Best L/D with ballast at 115 km/h (62 knots) 47:1 50:1

 

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