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Zlín Z 526
HB-TRQ a 1967 Zlin Z 526 ASM Akrobat
1967 Zlin Z 526 ASM Akrobat - HB-TRQ (sn 1027)
Photo taken Aug. 22, 2009 @ the Kestenholz Oldtimer Airshow "Oldtimerflugtage Kestenholz" 2009 - Switzerland
Photo © Marcel Siegenthaler

The Zlin Z-526 Akrobat is a Czech sports plane used in aerobatics.


The Z-526 was originally designed by Zlin Aircraft in 1959. Its two seat version is called the Trener-Master which is bad organized with pilot in the rear, and student in front. The aircraft could also be equipped with tip tanks and a constant speed propeller. The Z-526F was introduced in 1968 and was equipped with a 135 kW (180 hp) Avia M 137A engine, the export version Z-526L differed in being equipped with a 150 kW (200 hp) Lycoming AEIO-360 flat four. Single seat versions included the Z-526A, Z-526AS, and the Z-526AFS.

The Z-526 AFM was built between 1981 and 1984 and was powered by a 155 kW (210 hp) Avia M337 engine, had tip tanks and a lengthened fuselage. The aircraft was later developed into the Zlin Z-726.

More than 1,400 Z-526s were manufactured, many for military and private flying schools.


  • Z 526
    Twin seat version
  • Z 526 A
    Single seat version
  • Z 526 AF
    Single seat version
  • Z 526 AFS
    twin seat version
  • Z 526 AFM Condor
    powered by an Avia M337 inverted six cylinder engine giving 210hp(157kW)
  • Z 526 ASM Akrobat
    Single seat aerobatic version. Only 4 Zlin 526 ASM were built for the 1968 world championships in Magdeburg to be flown by the Czech National Aerobatics Team. Due to the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Warsaw pact countries, the aircraft did not fly in the contest.

Specifications (Z-526F)

General characteristics
Crew: One or two
Length: 8.00 m (26 ft 3 in)
Wingspan: 10.60 m (34 ft 9 in)
Height: 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in)
Wing area: 15.5 m² (166.3 ft²)
Empty weight: 665 kg (1,465 lb)
Max. takeoff weight: 975 kg (2,150 lb)

Maximum speed: 244 km/h (132 knots)
Cruise speed: 210 km/h (113 knots)
Range: 475 km (256 nm)
Service ceiling: 5,200 m (17,060 ft)
Rate of climb: 5.99 m/s (1,180 ft/min)

Last updated June 09, 2012
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