Technical data
Type Mercury
Function General
Year ?
Crew 1
Engines 2*140hp M332A
Length 6.65m
Height 3.15m
Wingspan 10.12m
Wing area 12.65m2
Empty weight 900kg
Loaded weight 1500kg
Wing Load (kg/m2) 119
Power load (kg/hp) 5.4
Maximum Speed 350km/h
Cruise Speed 260km/h
Landing Speed 110km/h
Takeoff Speed 115km/h
Landing Roll 200m
Takeoff Roll 125m
Range 1500km
Service Ceiling 4000m
Climb
at 0m 6m/sec
Payload
Fuel 360kg
Cabin size LxWxH ?m3
Seats 3
Cargo 300kg

'Mercury' general purpose aircraft by Aviaton

10k, courtesy of Yuri Sorokin (Aviation)

Light twin-engine aircraft with fixed tricycle landing gear, aimed for unpaved airfields (4.5kg/sm2). Cockpit equipment allows to operate aircraft day or night, in clear and complicated weather conditions. Cabin layout allows to use 'Mercury' in following roles:

  • Patrol
  • Passenger
  • Business
  • Ambulance
  • Trainer
  • Cargo
  • Aircraft is in series production at MAPO. Production is also planned at the Kutaisi aircraft works in cooperation with the Russian works "Aviaton". Oleg Volk, one of the founders of the 'Aviaton', has negotiated the issue with Eduard Shevardnadze. The new aircraft may be reportedly employed by the Georgian border guards, as well as exported to Far East and southern regions of the CIS (and across the border).

    There are reports that one 'Mercury' was purchased at Kutaisi by USA Custom Service and... presented to Georgian Borderguards!

    Estimated cost of the fully-loaded four-seat "Mercury" is $360,000.

    PredecessorsModifications
    ? ?

    ReferencesLinks
  • "Sakartvelos Gazeti" No. 43, July 10, p. 4
  • "Svobodnaya Gruzia" No. 172, July 9, p. 3
  • 'Mercury'
  • 'Mercury' page
  • Army & Society in Georgia

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