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Aero L-159 ALCA

Aero L-159 ALCA
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light combat
one or two
Honeywell F124
6,300 lbs.
9,600 lbs.
17,640 lbs.
5,950 lbs.
1 x 20 mm
41' 8"
31' 3"
580 mph
10,000 fpm
43,500 feet
975 miles

The Aero L-159 ALCA (Advanced Light Combat Aircraft) is known for its ruggedness and reliability. It can trace its origins back to the well received line of Aero training aircraft. The ALCA replaced a number of older Czech aircraft. It is produced in one and two seat versions.

During recent NATO combat simulations, the Aero L-159 ALCA was said to more than hold its own while dog fighting with aircraft of the United States Air Force and Navy.

The L-159 is about 20 inches longer than its predecessor, necessary in part, to house a new radar unit in the nose of the aircraft. It has a stronger structure to withstand extreme maneuvers, plus additional cockpit armor. Ordnance payload has been increased by about 25% and engine thrust is increased from 3,800 lbs. to 6,300 lbs. New avionics includes a head up display, hands on throttle and stick, and a radar system capable of air to air and air to ground tracking.

Ordnance which the aircraft is capable of carrying includes air to air and air to ground missiles, plus guided and unguided bombs. It can be fitted with a 20 mm cannon, and a reconnaissance system, both carried in external pods. Defensive systems include the latest technology for both electronic and mechanical countermeasures.

L-159 aircraft are used to train new pilots, as ground attack, intercept and escort aircraft, and for reconnaissance. They often fly and train with the aircraft of other NATO member nations.

Aero has offered the L-159 for export to a number of countries. Thus far, sales have not materialized.

To date a total of 72 Aero L-159 ALCA aircraft of all types have been produced.

Aero L-159 ALCA - Free Air

The rc L-159 ALCA makes a good looking model and it also appears to have all of the qualities that can make it fly well as a radio control airplane.

In the picture immediately above is the rc L-159 ALCA from Free Air.  Wingspan is 25" and length is 22".  A GWS 40 EDF is recommended for power.

Hobby-Lobby has a rc L-159 ALCA pusher prop shown in the first picture below.  It has a wingspan of 24 1/2" and is 30" long.  They recommend a MMC 2800 motor turning a 5 x 5 propeller.  Weight all up is about 12 oz.

Jirka from RC Groups built the rc L-159 ALCA shown in the next picture below.  Its wingspan is 32 1/2" and ready to fly weight is 20 oz.  It has been powered either by a PJS 3D 400 motor with a 6 x 4 prop, or a 65 mm electric ducted fan unit.

The nice looking rc L-159 ALCA shown in the last picture on this page is for sale from Modellbau Bichler.  Wingspan is 28 1/2" and length is 39 1/2".  It is an all fiberglass construction ARF that comes with a VARSA 65 fan unit.  You will need to provide a strong running brushless motor.  Weight, ready to fly, should be around 35 oz.

Aero L-159 ALCA - Hobby-Lobby

Aero L-159 ALCA - Jirka

Aero L-159 ALCA - Modellbau-Bichler

ICARE has a Aero L-159 ALCA. It has a 25" wingspan and is 22" long. You will need to supply a motor and EDF.

Robotbirds has a Aero L-159 ALCA kit for sale. It has a 20" wingspan and is made from Depron. A motor is included.

LM Model CZ has a Aero L-159 ALCA in two versions, one for 60 mm EDF and the other for 64 mm EDF. Both have 31" wingspans and weigh around 1 lb. each.

Ben D wing of WattFlyer RC started a thread about his Aero L-159 ALCA.

At RC Universe gustavo Campana started a thread about the Aero L-159 ALCA that he was going to build.

Steve Herlacher wrote a column at RC Universe in which he mentions the Aero L-159 ALCA.

At RC Groups pajlotmato posted pictures, a video, and details of his new Aero L-159 ALCA.

At RC Groups jirkajiranek posted a video of the Aero L-159 ALCA.

At RC Groups ePower was looking for decals for his Aero L-159 ALCA.

At You Tube pajacobra777 posted a video showing the launch and flight of his Aero L-159 ALCA.

At You Tube JirkaVM posted a video of an Aero L-159 ALCA.

At RC Groups luke15 was asking about an Aero L-159 ALCA.

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