Seasons greetings to all our clients and friends! / 2022 12 21 /

Season’s greetings from the entire crew at "Termikas". Wishing You a Merry Christmas & a New Year full of new opportunities and many new success. See you in 2023!

Office is closed 2022 12 27 - 2022 12 30.

Aircraft for sale / 2022 12 12 /

Three aircraft for sale! Santa said discounts are availabe for the first customers and also a full tank of fuel as a present. Warm wishes for the upcoming holiday season!

Silence Twister / 2022 10 12 /

In September 2016, we installed a Siemens electric motor in the Silence Twister aircraft and registered it in the Lithuanian Civil Aircraft Register.
Last week, Termikas service team visited the aircraft's base at Raron Aerodrome, Switzerland, checked its technical condition and recommended the renewal of the certificate of airworthiness for one more year.
Good flight!

Exclusive planes in "Termikas". Yak-18A / 2022 09 09 /

A member of the second generation of Russian aircraft designers, and best known for fighter designs, Alexander Sergeyevich Yakovlev always retained a light aircraft design section. In May 1945, Yakovlev initiated design of the Yak-18 two-seat primary trainer. He designed it to replace the earlier Yakovlev UT-2 and Yak-5 in service with the Soviet Air Forces and DOSAAF ( Voluntary Society for Collaboration with the Army, Air Force and Navy, which sponsored aero clubs throughout the USSR ). In 1944, an advanced version of the UT-2 had been built and featured an enclosed canopy and fixed landing gear which bears a striking resemblance to the new Yak-18. The new aircraft flew a year later, powered by a 119 kW (160 hp) Shvetsov M-11 five-cylinder radial engine and featuring pneumatically operated retractable main landing gear and a fixed tailwheel. It entered service as a trainer later that year and was built by Yakovlev up until 1956. Examples were exported to China in kit form beginning in 1950. The Chinese then went on to redesign the aircraft with the designation CJ-5.
The Yak 18’s greatest claim to fame is its use as a night bomber by the North Korean Air Force during the Korean War. The aircraft were modified with bomb racks on the wing center section and flew over UN troop locations at night to drop bombs and harass UN forces. The single most successful attack of the North Korean aviation during the war was destroying of a fuel dump with nearly 5.5 million gallons of fuel in Inchon area in June 1953 by 4 or 5 Yak-18s. The five-cylinder engine reminded many of the US troops of the sound made by early gasoline powered washing machines earning them the name: “Washing Machine Charlie”. The name “Bed Check Charlie” was also used for these night intruders. The Yak-18’s along with Polikarpov Po-2‘s became quite a nuisance until US night fighters began shooting them down.
Other claims to fame for the Yak-18 are an international speed record for class in 1951 as well as being the aircraft used for initial flight training by Yuri Gagarin (1st human in space) and Ken Rowe ( No Kum-Sok: defected with a Mig-15 during the Korean War ). Later, as the need for conventional landing gear trainers abated Yakovlev re-designed the Yak-18 with retractable tricycle landng gear and an Ivchenko AI-14RF radial, 224 kW (300 hp) and was designated the Yak-18A. The design proved exceptionally easy to build and maintain.

From the YAK UK,
Mark Jefferies

Crew: 2 Wingspan: 10.6 m (34 ft 9 in)
Length: 8.35 m (27 ft 5 in) Height: 3.35 m (11 ft 0 in)
Wing area: 17.8 m2 (192 sq ft) Emty weight: 1.025 kg (2.260 lb)
Max takeoff weight: 1.025 kg (2.260 lb)    
Powerplant: 1 × Ivchenko AI-14RF 9-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine, 224 kW (300 hp)
Propellers: 2-bladed variabre-pitch propeller
Max. speed: 300 km/h (190 mph) Range: 700 km (430 mi)
Service ceiling: 5.060 m (16.600 ft)    

Before summer holidays / 2022 07 29 /

JSC "Termikas" will be closed for summer holidays 08.01 - 08.16

EXTRA 300 / 2022 07 02/

The Extra Flugzeugbau EA300 is a aerobatic monoplane capable of Unlimited category competition. It was designed in 1987 by Walter Extra, a German aerobatic pilot, and built by Extra Flugzeugbau.
Design of the Extra 300 was based on the Extra 230, an early 1980s monoplane having a wing made of wood. The Extra 300 has a welded steel tube fuselage covered in aluminium and fabric. The midset wing has a carbon fiber composite spar and carbon composite skins. A symmetrical airfoil, mounted with a zero angle of incidence, provides equal performance in both upright and inverted flight. The landing gear is fixed taildragger style with composite main legs and fiberglass wheel pants. The powerplant is a fuel-injected Lycoming AEIO-540 which produces 300 horsepower (224 kW).
The first two-seat Extra 300 made its maiden flight on 6 May 1988, with German type certification following on 16 May 1990. The single-seat Extra 300S flew on 4 March 1992.
The Extra 300 is stressed for ±10 G with one person on board and ±8 G with two. Some Extra 300s are certified in the experimental category in the U.S., while others are certified in the aerobatic category.

Crew: 1 Wingspan: 8 m (26 ft 3 in)
Length: 7.01 m (23 ft 0 in) Height: 2.6 m (8 ft 6 in)
Wing area: 10.84 m2 (116.7 sq ft) Emty weight: 677 kg (1.493 lb)
Max takeoff weight: 820 kg (1.808 lb) Gross weight: 950 kg (2.094 lb)
Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming AEIO-580-B1A 6-cylinder air-cooled horizontally-opposed piston engine, 235 kW (315 hp)
Propellers: 3-bladed Muehlbauer MTV 9-B-C/C198-25
Cruise speed: 380 km/h (236 mph) Stall speed: 110 km/h (69 mph)
Never exceed: 410 km/h (250 mph) G limits: +10/-10g at 1.808 lbs / 820 kg

Mustang P-51 & ScaleWings 70% replica / 2022 06 24 /

P-51 Mustang is an American long-range, single-seat fighter and fighter-bomber used during World War II and the Korean War, among other conflicts. The Mustang was designed in April 1940 by a team headed by James Kindelberger of North American Aviation (NAA) in response to a requirement of the British Purchasing Commission.

The prototype NA-73X airframe was rolled out on 9 September 1940, 102 days after the contract was signed, and first flew on 26 October. The cost of production in 1945 was 50 000 dollars.
A total of 15,875 aircraft were produced.
The majority of P-51's remained in the Air Force for a long time, although from 1946 they were gradually replaced by jet fighters. The obsolete P-51 could be bought very cheaply ($1000), so it was also used extensively for personal use. The P-51C won many victories in various air races. It is still used in many places for recreational purposes, but its price has risen to two million dollars.

Crew: 1 Wingspan: 11 m (37 ft)
Length: 9.83 m (32 ft 3 in) Height: 4.07 m (13 ft 4.5 in)
Wing area: 21.8 m2 (235 sq ft) Emty weight: 3.463 kg (7.635 lb)
Max takeoff weight: 5.488 kg (12.100 lb) Gross weight: 4.173 kg (9.200 lb)
Powerplant: 1 × Packard (Rolls Royce) V-1650-7 Merlin 12-cylinder liquid cooled engine, 1,490 hp (1,110 kW) at 3,000 rpm; 1,720 hp (1,280 kW) at WEP
Propellers: 4-bladed Hamilton Standard constant-speed, variable-pitch, 11 ft 2 in (3.40 m) diameter
Max. speed: 710 km/h (440 mph) Cruise speed: 583 km/h (362 mph)
Power/mass: 300 W/kg (0.18 hp/lb) Stall speed: 160 km/h (100 mph)
Service ceiling: 12.800 m (41.900 ft) Rate of climb: 16 m/s (3.200 ft/min)
Range: 2.660 km (1.650 mi) Wing loading: 190 kg/m2 (39 lb/ft2)
Guns: 6 × 0.50 caliber (12.7mm) AN/M2 Browning machine guns with 1,840 total rounds (380 rounds for each on the inboard pair and 270 rounds for each of the outer two pair)
Rockets: 6 or 10 × 5.0 in (127 mm) T64 HVAR rockets (P-51D-25, P-51K-10 on)
Bombs: 1 × 100 lb (45 kg) or 250 lb (110 kg) bomb or 500 lb (230 kg) bomb on hardpoint under each wing

OO-SPA at home / 2022 06 05 /

Photo credit: Skydive Spa

Cessna 208B Grand Caravan / 2022 05 27 /

Cessna 172 / 2022 04 16 /

All aviators know the Cessna 172. We have serviced many of them in our 30 years of operation. Here are some of the more interesting facts.

The top five most produced aircraft:
Cessna 172 - 44.000
Ilyushin IL2 - 36.183
Meserschmit BF109 - 34.852
Piper PA28 - 32.778

The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is an American four-seat, single-engine, high wing, fixed-wing aircraft made by the Cessna Aircraft Company. First flown in 1955, more 172s have been built than any other aircraft. It was developed from the 1948 Cessna 170 but with tricycle landing gear rather than conventional landing gear. The Skyhawk name was originally used for a trim package, but was later applied to all standard-production 172 aircraft, while some upgraded versions were marketed as the Cutlass.
Measured by its longevity and popularity, the Cessna 172 is the most successful aircraft in history. Cessna delivered the first production model in 1956, and as of 2015, the company and its partners had built more than 44,000 units. The aircraft remains in production today.
On May 28, 1987, a rented Cessna 172P, registered D-ECJB, was used by German teenage pilot Mathias Rust in an unauthorized flight from Helsinki-Malmi Airport through Soviet airspace to land near the Red Square in Moscow, all without being intercepted by Soviet air defense.

Crew / Capacity: 1 pilot / 3 passengers Length: 8.28 m (27 ft 2 in)
Wingspan: 11 m (36 ft 1 in) Wing area: 16.2 m2 m (174 sq ft)
Emty weight: 767 kg (1.691 lb) Gross weight: 1.111 kg (2.450 lb)
Airfoil: modified NACA 2412 Fuel capacity: 212 ltr (56 US gal)
Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming IO-360-L2A four cylinder, aircraft engine, 160 hp (120 kW)
Propellers: 2-bladed metal, fixed pitch
Cruise speed: 226 km/h (140 mph) Stall speed: 87 km/h (54 mph)
Range: 1.289 km (801 mi) with 45 minute reserve, 55% power, at 12,000 ft

Bellanca CH-300 Pacemaker / 2022 03 20 /

Today people gathered at Pociūnai airfield to see the first flight of Bellanca CH-300.