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Zlin Z-43 / Z-143
Aeronautical Manufacturing Enterprise Safir-43 / Fernas 142


After successful production of the Z-26 aircraft family, the Czechoslovak aircraft manufacturer Moravan, began design of a new series of training aircraft, known as the Z-40 family. Unlike the previous tandem-seat aircraft, the Z-40 family featured a side-by-side cockpit. It was available in two basic variants, a two-seat trainer, the Zlín Z-42, and a four-seat aircraft, the Zlin Z-43 capable of being used both as a trainer and a tourer.
Zlin 43
The resulting design is a single-engined low-wing monoplane of all-metal construction and a fixed nosewheel undercarriage. The Z 43 shares 80% of its structure with the Z 42, but is fitted with a revised fuselage accommodating a four-seater cabin and a more powerful engine. The Z-43's wings are of greater span and do not have the slight forward sweep of the Z- 42.




The Z-43 first flew on 10 December 1968, with production starting in 1972. It proved less popular than its two-seat contemporary, and production ended in 1977 after 80 aircraft were built.
The Z-143 is a version introduced in 1992, powered by a six-cylinder Lycoming O-540 engine, in parallel to the Z-42 being re-engined with a Lycoming to become the Z-242. The Z143 L four-seat lightplane with Textron Lycoming engine first flew in April 1992.
Pictures released by the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka indicate that they operated Czech-built Zlin Z-143 single-engine, four-seater light aircraft modified to carry four bombs mounted on the undercarriage. On 9 September 2008, the Sri Lanka Air Force reportedly brought down an Air Tigers Z-143 over Mullaittivu.
The Air Tigers carried out a Suicide air raid on Colombo on 20 February 2009 using two of these aircraft. Under heavy anti-aircraft fire one of these aircraft crashed into Sri Lanka Inland Revenue Department building in Colombo and the other craft was shot down near Sri Lanka Air Force Base at Katunayake.
Other operators include; Hungarian Police, Hungarian Air Force, Algerian Air Force - producing locally under Safir-43 name, Cuban Air Force, East German Air Force, and Macedonian Air Force.
Z-143 LSi Genius
Algeria's Aeronautical Manufacturing Enterprise started manufacturing the Safir 43 in 1993, although they initiated the project in 1987. They are built under licence from the Czech Republic, but are manufactured completely in Algeria.

The aircraft were designed by the Zlin company and are marketed by the Aeronautical Manufacturing Enterprise throughout the whole of Africa.
AMC Safir 43
The Safir is used in Algeria for training, recreational flying, coastal and pipeline surveillance and agriculture.Around 50 examples of the four seater had been built since it entered service in 1994.
AME is also building the two-seat Firnas 142 aerobatic trainer, based on the Zlin 143, complete with aerobatic modifications. The Firnas 142 is a two-seater and the Safir 43 a four-seater. AMC has built some 60 of the aircraft, 20 for use by the Algerian Air Force, government departments and parastatal corporations in a variety of roles.
These include basic training, aerobatic training, aerial surveying of powerlines and pipelines, as well as normal general aviation and utility duties, including banner and glider towing.

Both aircraft have fixed tricycle landing gear.


Zlín Z 43
Base model
Engine: 1 × Avia M 337 A, 160 kW (210 hp)
Wingspan: 9.76 m (32 ft 0 in)
Wing area: 14.50 sq.m (156.1 sq ft)
Length: 7.75 m (25 ft 5 in)
Height: 2.91 m (9 ft 7 in)
Empty weight: 730 kg (1,609 lb)
Max takeoff weight normal: 1,350 kg (2,976 lb)
Max takeoff weight utility: 1,000 kg (2,204 lb)
Fuel capacity normal: 130 L (34 US gal; 29 imp gal)
Fuel capacity opt/ wingtips: 110 L (29 US gal; 24 imp gal)
Maximum speed: 146 km/h (91 mph, 79 kn) at sea level
Cruise speed: 210 km/h (130 mph, 113 kn)
Stall speed: 103 km/h (64 mph, 56 kn) (flaps down)
Never exceed speed: 273 km/h (170 mph, 147 kn)
Range standard: 610 km (380 mi, 330 nmi)
Range opt/fuel: 1,150 km (710 mi; 620 nmi)
Service ceiling: 3,800 m (12,465 ft)
Rate of climb: 3.5 m/s / 210 m/min (690 ft/min)
Takeoff distance to 15 m (50 ft): 700 m (2,300 ft)
Landing distance to 15 m (50 ft): 590 m (1,940 ft)
Cabin length: 8 ft 2.5 in / 2.50 m
Cabin width: 3 ft 8 in / 1.12 m
Cabin height: 3 ft 11.25 in / 1.20 m
Cabin baggage: 7.1 cu.ft / 0.2 cu.m
Rear baggage: 8,8 cu.ft / 0.25 cu.m
Crew: 1
Capacity: 3 passengers
Zlín Z 43M
Experimental model.
Only one was built
Zlín Z 143
Improved model
Aeronautical Manufacturing Enterprise Safir-43
Algerian licence-built copy of Zlín Z 43
Engine: LOM M337AK, 157kW (210hp)
Empty weight: 761kg / 1,676lb
Take-off weight: 1,350kg
Maximum speed: 166kt / 307km/h
Cruising speed: 212 km/h
Range: 1,060km / 570nm
Endurance: 6h
Seats: 4
Aeronautical Manufacturing Enterprise Firnas 142
Engine: LOM M337AK, 154 kW / 210 hp max, 103 kW cruise
Propeller: two-blade
Length: 7.33 m
Wingspan: 9.16 m
Height: 2.75 m
Empty weight: 745 kg
MTOW: 1090 kg
Top speed: 333 km/h
Cruising speed: 215 km/h
Endurance: 5+ hr
Maximum range: 1050 km
Maximum ceiling: 5000 m





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