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Robin Aircraft for Training

An exceptionally economical 2+2 trainer:

The Robin Aircraft DR401/135CDI combines simplicity, comfort and safety with dramatically improved cost-effectiveness and reduced noise and vibration levels compared to aircraft with petrol engines.

The 135CDI combines the famous qualities of the Robin DR401 airframe with a highly efficient, economical, quiet and reliable engine. Sixteen times more reliable than Avgas engines1, Continental diesel engines use Jet A-1, automotive diesel and most military jet fuels all in any mixture, guaranteeing worldwide availability of fuel.

Electronically managed, fuel injected and liquid cooled, the thoroughly modern Continental aero-engines are free of the dangers of carburettor icing and vapour lock, and safe from thermal shock on low power settings. Further enhancing safety, a separate radiator for cabin heating eliminates the risk of carbon monoxide toxicity.

Turbocharging maintains power delivery at altitude and the automatic variable pitch three-bladed propellor ensures optimum performance both in climb and cruise.

The Continental 2·0 135 hp engine will happily lift a useful load of around 340 kg; enough for five and a half hours of fuel, three adults (or two adults and two children) and a full load of luggage. Burning only 20 litres per hour of Jet A-1 or automotive diesel at 75% power, and with only 100 hour or 12 month checks, the economy of the 2·0 is particularly attractive to flight training organisations looking for a reliable and robust training aircraft.
  1. In-flight shutdown rate 0·61 per 100,000 flight hours compared to 10 per 100,000 flight hours for other GA piston engines overall. Source: FAA via Continental Motors.
Certified dependability, 'LSA' cost:

Whilst all Robin Aircraft trainers are renowned for their excellent handling characteristics, ruggedness and low operating costs, the Robin Aircraft DR401 120 Lite has been built for very low purchase and operating costs.

Robin Aircraft trainers are a favourite of flying schools, combining the safety of a certified aircraft with the legendary dependability, robustness, ease of flying and outstanding visibility of a Robin. The DR401 Lite now brings new aircraft purchase within easier range.

The Lite retains the familiar Robin DR401 aerostructure with a reduced mass. A robust certified 2-seat training aircraft for the
price of an uncertified one.
An exceptionally economical 2+2 ideally suited to flying training:

The Robin Aircraft 120A is renowned for its excellent handling characteristics, ruggedness and low operating costs. It is powered by a reliable Lycoming 4-cylinder engine of 120 hp.

Their versatility and relaxed performance makes them a great favourite for aeroclubs and flying schools where they are operated for basic training,navigation instruction and instrument flying as a 3/4-seat, low cost, general purpose aircraft.

The airframe is the standard DR401 design with four seats; the '2+2' relates to the engine power and MTOW.
A full adult four seater for touring or training:

The Robin Aircraft 160A is renowned for its excellent handling characteristics, ruggedness and low operating costs. It is powered by a reliable Lycoming 4-cylinder engine of 160 hp.

With a MTOW of 1,000 kg, its versatility makes it a great favourite of aeroclubs and flying schools where it is operated for basic training, navigation instruction and instrument flying, and as a three to four place, low cost, general purpose aircraft.

In contrast to the 160A Long Range, the160A has a high lift, low drag, wing, no wing tanks, and no external luggage compartment door as standard.
Please contact us for custom configurations
PRICES DR401 135CDI DR401 120Lite DR401 120A DR401 160A Panels
VFR Day
Twin G5
GTR225A COM
Mode-S
Intercom
€228,602 €168,965 €208,420 €247,298 Example Panel
VFR Day / Night
Twin G5
GTN650 Nav/Com
Audio panel
Mode-S
Heated pitot
€240,620 €180,983 €220,438 €291,245 Example Panel
SPECIFICATIONS DR401 135CDI DR401 120 Lite DR401 120A DR401 160A
Engine TAE 125-02-99 135 cv Lycoming 0-235-L2A 118 Lycoming 0-235-L2A 118 Lycoming 0-320-D2A 160
Propeller MT Propeller MTV/6/a/187/129 CS Sensenich 72CK S6-0-56 FP Sensenich 72CK S6-0-56 FP Sensenich 74DM6 S5-2-64 FP
Seats Four Two Four Four
Empty weight (typical fit) 640 kg 510 kg 540 kg 580 kg
MTOW 980 kg 800 kg 900 kg 1,000 kg
Useful load 340 kg 290 kg 360 kg 420 kg
Luggage compartment 40 kg / 334 l 40 kg / 334 l 40 kg / 334 l 40 kg / 334 l
Fuel: main tank 109 l Jet A-1 109 l petrol 109 l petrol 109 l
Fuel: optional tank 50 l Jet A-1 N/A 50 l 50 l
Rate of climb 680 fpm 817 fpm 570 fpm 797 fpm
Max Cruise 127 KTAS 126 KTAS 116 KTAS 133 KTAS
VNE 146 KIAS 166 KIAS 166 KIAS 166 KIAS
VNO 140 KIAS 140 KIAS 140 KIAS 140 KIAS
VA 116 KIAS 116 KIAS 116 KIAS 116 KIAS
VFE 92 KIAS 92 KIAS 92 KIAS 92 KIAS
Vy (best climb rate) 78 KIAS 78 KIAS 78 KIAS 78 KIAS
Vx (best climb angle) 65 KIAS 70 KIAS 70 KIAS 70 KIAS
VSO 47 KIAS 45 KIAS 45 KIAS 47 KIAS
Take-off ground roll 240 m 235 m
Take-off to clear 15 m 440 m 425 m 535 m 550 m
Landing to clear 15 m 507 m 425 m 460 m 515 m
Landing ground roll 282 m 200 m
Fuel consumption 21 l/hr @ 75% 25 l/hr @ 75% 25 l/hr @ 75% 35 l/hr @ 75%
Max range 972 nm 549 nm 659 nm 645 nm