Aviatika-MAI-890U: “People’s Airplane”, designed in the USSR and assembled in Russia

Aviatika-MAI-890U: “People’s Airplane”, designed in the USSR and assembled in Russia

Aviatika-MAI-890U is a multi-purpose light aircraft, the development of which started in 1989 in the USSR. At the same time, deliveries and operation of the unique aircraft began in 1991.

Despite such difficult times for our country, the device “survived the turbulence” and continues to be produced at the Federal State Unitary Enterprise RSK MIG. From 1992 to the present, more than 100 units of light aircraft have been produced and sold.

It is worth noting that the Aviatika-MAI-890U was once nicknamed the “people's plane.” And this is not without reason.

The low cost of the design and engine, efficiency and relative cheapness to operate make this aircraft in demand in a variety of areas, from patrolling oil and gas pipelines, as well as forest protection, to pilot training, as well as sightseeing flights.

Speaking of training. Despite its simplest design, the Aviatika-MAI-890U received standard aircraft controls, which in terms of backlash, friction, forces and stroke are practically no different from the controls of large aircraft.

The multi-purpose light aircraft, designed for two passengers, is extremely easy to fly and does not go into a tailspin when losing speed. This feature significantly increases flight safety, which again makes the device an ideal simulator for training novice pilots.

Aviatika-MAI-890U is a biplane of a normal design with an all-metal structure and a fixed landing gear.

The aircraft is capable of reaching a service ceiling of 2600 meters and reaching a cruising speed of 100 km/h. In this case, the maximum speed reaches 130 km/h.

The biplane is equipped with a four-stroke, gasoline, four-cylinder Rotax-912ULS engine with a power of 100 hp. Gasoline with an octane number of at least 92 is used as fuel.

Two fuel tanks with a total capacity of 50 liters are enough for three hours of continuous flight. The maximum take-off weight of the MAI-890U is 540 kg with an empty weight of 298 kg.

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  1. +3
    22 September 2023 14: 03
    Yep, with a Canadian Rotax engine. People, it's creepy
    1. +5
      22 September 2023 14: 13
      What is not popular about it? I’m sharing my own experience - the Aeroprakt A-22 with the Rotax-912 engine costs as much as a used cruiser (not the most expensive car). At the same time, Rotax has one advantage that you don’t mind paying for - in the entire history of operation there has not been a single failure. So such quality for such a price is quite normal.
      1. +4
        22 September 2023 14: 36
        Rotax is not certified as an aircraft (see Engine Documents). Over the 17 years of flying on these engines, there have been many adventures. Two severe “needs”, and each time the repairs cost a very large sum (before the sanctions).
        1. 0
          22 September 2023 16: 59
          Edward, judging by your avatar, you have something to do with what flies. And I have a question for you about the paradoxes of life - at the airfield where I relieve stress, there are a lot of all sorts of small-engine aircraft - on good days, like midges, including five aerial practitioners - all have certificates of airworthiness. I don’t understand how this is possible with an uncertified engine. Moreover, if the need had occurred somewhere due to an engine failure, I would have known for sure, so either it was not Rotax, or some kind of partisanship took place.
      2. 0
        22 September 2023 16: 47
        Quote: Leader_Barmaleev
        in the entire history of operation there has not been a single failure

        I looked into the wiki. And there:
        . On March 7, 2015, in the Novosibirsk region, he made an emergency landing on an island in the waters of the Ob River, due to engine failure, Aeroprakt A-22 aircraft. The passenger and pilot were not injured
    2. 0
      22 September 2023 15: 06
      Quote from Bingo
      Yep, with a Canadian Rotax engine. People, it's creepy

      The brainchild of K.M. Zhidovetsky’s import substitution looks good even against the background of a superjet. In a superjet, all Russian production is only the fuselage. Everything else is similar, even down to the hardware, imported. When Aeroflot was repairing approximately 8 identical devices for the Superjet, the designer was unable to answer the aircraft mechanic’s question about what type of fit on the shaft of the device performing the main function. With clearance, interference or transitional. The mechanic wisely did not ask about the quality of this landing. More precisely, he could not do what the equipment at Aeroflot allows, and the FSB would not have allowed him to take these devices to his garage where there is a more accurate home-made machine.
  2. +4
    22 September 2023 14: 06
    They forgot to say that the landing speed of this miracle is only 60 kilometers per hour. Flying on this plane is simply an unreal thrill!
    1. 0
      22 September 2023 15: 18
      Quote: Leader_Barmaleev
      Flying on this plane is simply an unreal thrill!

      I don’t argue, but not everyone can fly them, there are only 100 of them.
  3. +1
    22 September 2023 14: 23
    "From 1992 to the present, more than 100 units of light aircraft have been produced and sold."
    this phrase completely kills all other statements, IMHO.
    3 planes a year? this is of course, sometimes more than what was produced by other brands (IL, TU), but still not serious...
    1. +1
      22 September 2023 14: 34
      They make as many airplanes as they can buy engines. There will be a serial aircraft engine, and there will be more aircraft in this power class. It is necessary to maintain production of this model.
      1. +1
        22 September 2023 17: 06
        M-11FR - there is such an engine and it even has a certificate, and it’s as simple as a meat grinder. All that remains is to lighten it a little (replace cast iron with aluminum) and it will be beautiful. But who needs this?
  4. +2
    22 September 2023 14: 25
    I wish I could go for a ride... I wonder if it's still in production? It could become a “Russian Cessna” - a mass-produced and affordable aircraft. In Ukraine, 22 Aeropraktovs have already made a thousand...
  5. +2
    22 September 2023 14: 40
    The first traffic rules appeared in Great Britain and limited the speed of transport to the speed of a person walking and waving a red flag.

    On July 5, 1865, the British Parliament first passed The Locomotive Act, a law that limited vehicle speeds to 2 miles per hour (3,2 km/h) within the city. On the highway it was possible to accelerate to 4 mph (6,45 km/h).

    The rules were called the “Red Flag Law,” because in front of each car, or, as it was correctly called then, a self-propelled trackless vehicle, there had to be a person with a red flag during the day or with a red lantern at night. The distance between the machine and the person had to be at least 55 meters.

    A person with a red flag was considered a member of the crew of a horseless carriage (another name for a car) - an assistant. According to the law, there had to be two people in the car itself: the driver and the fireman.

    The law was needed because cars scared horses and citizens, and also destroyed roads - even then parliamentarians were going to fight this. There is also an opinion that this law was lobbied by railway workers who saw danger in the development of a new type of transport. If so, then they coped with their task: The Locomotive Act was repealed only in 1896, when the speed limit was raised to 23 km/h, but by that time the automobile industry had declined in Britain and began to develop in France and Germany, where There were no traffic rules yet.

    when similar rules are abolished in air traffic, then such aircraft will be in demand lol
    1. +1
      22 September 2023 14: 57
      Flights for ordinary citizens on such aircraft are unaffordable due to the strict rules of our flying establishment.
  6. -1
    22 September 2023 14: 57
    And why is the glorious name of the designer of this product not mentioned, the development of which began during perestroika and the development of production occurred during the vile time of the reign of the Yeltsins, Gaidars and Chubais? But this aircraft received such attention from V.V. Putin did not seem to support the Superjet, and Kazimir Mikhailovich Zhidovetsky did not squander such colossal sums as the Superjet’s manufacturers. It seems that the basis of the mentioned aircraft was a small-sized attack aircraft. K.M. Zhidovetsky may have considered its possible use as an unmanned or attack drone.
  7. 0
    22 September 2023 15: 09
    It is worth noting that the Aviatika-MAI-890U was once nicknamed the “people's plane.” And this is not without reason.

    Yes, not without reason, Germany went through all this before WWII, the same with the famous “people's car” of the same name, when about 300 were produced before the war. So it is with the “people’s aircraft” of which only 30 were produced in 100 years, this is a drop in the ocean, if we take not such a loud name, but the truly people’s aircraft U-2, also known as PO-2, of which as many as 33 were produced copies.
  8. 0
    22 September 2023 16: 23
    30 liters per hundred, at a speed of 100. ''excellent fuel consumption'' for the Cessna 172 less than 20 liters per 100
  9. 0
    26 September 2023 00: 02
    The plane is very so-so. A free retelling of Yanovsky’s creation: a pusher propeller, a forward-facing cockpit, a lower position of the tail beam. With all the minuses and an imported engine to the heap. If any homemade product is considered folk, it is Frolov’s plane.