Aerostar's aerobatic trainer takes to the air

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Romania's Aerostar flew its IAK-52TW aerobatic piston trainer on 2 July from its Bacau facility. The tandem two-seat aircraft is a tail wheel variant of the Yakovlev Yak-52. Features include: a 300kW (400hp) VMKB M14PX-DK powerplant, with modified air intake and engine cowling; integrated, fully retractable landing gear; and tail wheel and rounded wing tips similar to Second World War aircraft designs, says Aerostar.