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Aero A.200
The Aero A.200 was a sportsplane of Czechoslovakia, designed and built specifically to compete in Challenge 1934, the European touring plane championships. There two built were four-seater low-wing monoplanes.
Mixed construction low-wing monoplane, braced with wire. Fuselage of a steel frame, covered with wood and canvas, elliptical in cross-section. Rectangular wings of wooden construction, canvas covered, fitted with all-span slats and with flaps. Wings were folding rearwards. Cab had two seats side by side in front, with twin controls, and two seats in the rear, under a common multi-part canopy. Fixed landing gear with a rear skid. Radial engine in fuselage nose, with NACA cowling. Two-blade propeller.
Flown in competition by Jan Ambrož, the A.200 took fourth place, beaten by the RWD-9 (that took both first and second places for Poland) and the Fieseler Fi 97 (from Germany). The other A.200, flown by Vojtěch Žaček, took the 14th place for 34 competitors. They carried registrations OK-AMA and OK-AMB.
In a technical evaluation, A.200s scored the 4th result from among aircraft types taking part in the Challenge. They had the best short take-off capabilities in the contest – A.200s needed 74.5-77.6 m to take off and fly over 8-m high gate, although they needed some 118 m to land from above the gate.
Engine: 1 × Walter Bora, 160 kW (220 hp)
Length: 7.80 m (25 ft 7 in)
Wingspan: 11.10 m (36 ft 5 in)
Height: 2.55 m (8 ft 4 in)
Wing area: 16.6 m2 (179 sq ft)
Empty weight: 560 kg (1,235 lb)
Gross weight: 950 kg (2,094 lb)
Maximum speed: 255 km/h (158 mph; 138 kn)
Cruising speed: 220 km/h (137 mph; 119 kn)
Stall speed: 55 km/h (34 mph; 30 kn)
Range: 800 km (497 mi; 432 nmi)
Service ceiling: 6,300 m (20,669 ft)
Wing loading: 57.2 kg/m2 (11.7 lb/sq ft)
Power/mass: 0.17 kW/kg (0.11 hp/lb)
Crew: 1 or 2
Capacity: 2 or 3 passengers
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