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Yak-54

The Yak-54 is a two-seat sport and aerobatic trainer designed for training sports pilots in aerobatic flights and for participating in the aircraft sports competitions. The Yak-54 two-seat sport and acrobatic aircraft can be used in acrobatic flight training and in competition. The aircraft is intended to fly by VFR rules, day, and by IFR rules, day, with radio communication in the 118 137 MHz range. The Yak-54 aircraft assisted the Russian National Aerobatics team in winning gold medals in the Advanced Category at the World and European Championships.

The Yak-54 design was based on one-seat sport and acrobatic aircraft, the Yak-55M. The Yakovlev Yak-54 first flew 23 December 1993. Part of a new generation acrobatic aircraft of Yakovlev design bureau, it breaks from a long line of aircraft started in 1937 with UT-2/AIR-10. It is a development of the single-seat Yak-55M, designed by Chief Constructor Dmitry Drach and Lead Engineer Vladimir Popov. It was produced by Saratov Aviation Facility in cooperation with JSV "Gorky U-2" up to 2005, when the production moved to the Arsenyev Aviation Company "Progress" facility in Arsenyev.

As with all Yak products, this machine meets the most rigorous technical requirements. The Yak-54 is an all-metal monoplane with semi-monocoque fuselage and mid-wind configuration, non-retractable spring landing gear with a tail wheel and trapezoidal tail unit. The aircraft is powered by an M-14X four-cycle, air-conditioned, nine-cylinder engine, with an MTV-9 model three-blade variable-pitch propeller.

The Yak-54 is characterized by high thrust to weight ratio and good maneuverability that provides the full set of aerobatic maneuvers. The aircraft offers simplicity in operation and maintenance with minimum of ground equipment and could be widely used in air clubs. The cost of aircraft is claimed to be less than other aircraft of similar class with comparable flight performance. At the same time, the Yak-54 is 20 to 40% less expensive than other machines available in its class.

Takeoff weight990 kg
Max. speed415 km/h
Stalling speed105 km/h
Max. rate of roll6 rad/s
Max. rate of climb at S/L, takeoff power15 m/s
Max. range700 km
Limit loads+9/-7 g
Takeoff run170 m
Landing run400 m
Service life3 000 hours
Calendar life20 years




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