A two seat tandem, Short Take-Off and Landing, (STOL), aircraft with some amazing capabilities.
The Slepcev Storch can be used in a variety of roles and most importantly, because of the S.T.O.L. performance, people with only a small acreage could have their own airfield to operate from.
Ultralight STOL aircraft, 3/4 replica of Fieseler Fi-156 Storch. Avaliable ready to fly or as a kit. Kit version, powered by a 100 hp (75 kW) Rotax 912ULS or 115 hp (86 kW) Rotax 914, with a gross weight of 550 kg (1,213 lb). Certification includes Australian and Spanish JAR-VLA. Available as a kit or as ready-to-fly.
Construction is 4130 chrome-moly steel tubing for the fuselage, rudder and elevator. Glasing is lexan with full aluminium wings. The main landing gear is made of 4130 tubing with travel of 10 inches. All components are kept simple and are manufactured with the least amount of moving parts possible. Standard wheels are 800 x 6 x 6 with alloy rims for the Main Landing Gear and a standard Maule Tail Wheel. Brakes are standard hydraulic disk. All models have wing fuel tanks.
Australian Certification JAR-VLA
The Slepcev Storch is JAR-VLA certified, the highest standard weight/size obtainable in Australia by Civil Aviations Safety Authority (Type Certificate #VA505)
Australian Noise Certification
We gained Australian Noise Certification to standard 66.8 dBA (Certificate #NC01/02). This high standard meets even the strict requirements of Switzerland.
Slepcev Storch gained VLA certification in Spain. (Certificate No 233-1). By keeping the weight down to a minimum, yet keeping the aircraft structurally still very strong, (+6 -3).
About us and History
The Slepcev Storch (English: Stork) is a Serbian type-certified, kit and ultralight STOL aircraft, designed by Yugoslavian-Australian Nestor Slepcev and currently produced by Storch Aircraft Serbia in several different versions. The ultralight version is a 3/4 scale replica of the Second World War Fieseler Fi 156 and is supplied as a kit for amateur construction or as a complete ready-to-fly-aircraft.
The aircraft was first flown in 1994. It was originally manufactured by Slepcev's company, Slepcev Aircraft Industry of Beechwood, New South Wales, Australia. The company was later renamed Storch Aviation Australia. The aircraft was type-certified in 1999 to the Joint Airworthiness Requirements - Very Light Aircraft (JAR-VLA) standard. Production then moved to Serbia where a Fédération Aéronautique Internationale microlight category model was developed.
Like the original Fi 156, the Slepcev Storch features a strut-braced high-wing, a two-seats-in-tandem enclosed cockpit, with extensive glazing, fixed conventional landing gear and a single engine in tractor configuration. It is made from welded steel tubing with its flying surfaces fashioned from sheet aluminium and covered in doped aircraft fabric. The ultralight version has a 10 m (32.8 ft) span wing with an area of 15 m2 (160 sq ft), large flaps and leading edge slots. The wings are supported by V-struts and jury struts. Engines fitted vary by model.
With a keen interest in Second World War history and wanted to use an example of his Storch design to re-enact the 12 September 1943 rescue of Benito Mussolini by Otto Skorzeny and his SS commandos from his imprisonment by Italian partisans on the Gran Sasso mountain. It took Slepcev a year to gain Italian approvals for the flight and on 24 August 1996, he landed a Storch Mk 4 at the site, 53 years after the original dramatic rescue had taken place