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PH-2T5 Aviasud AE-206 Mistral c/n 112 - MLA-airfield Stadskanaal in Holland - 7 May 2000 Ultralight aeroplanes

The Aviasud AE-206 Mistral was developed by Aviasud Engineering in Fréjus, France, was designed by two Belgian born engineers: Francois Goethals and Bernard d'Otreppe. The Mistral, a three-axis, tricycle landing gear, microlight biplane powered by a Rotax 532 engine, was flown first in 1985. This side-by-side two-seated ULM (Ultra Light Motorised aircraft) is highly unusual in having swept forward wings. The Aviasud AE-206 Mistral was manufactured by Aviasud Industries in Fréjus, France and the first delivery took place in April 1986. The exact number in service world-wide is unknown but just over two hundred were built in France. Next to the production in France, the Mistral was under licence manufactured in Brasil by Ultraleger Industria Aeronáutica Ltda. The Mistral remained in production by Ultraleger until 2004. Their Mistral B and C were powered by a 65 hp 2 cylinder, 2 stroke liquid cooled Rotax 582 UL-DCDI engine. On 4 May 1987, the Mistral made history when it was flown to the geographic North Pole by Nicolas Hulot. This Mistral was accompanied by another ULM: the Explorer, a highly modified Avid Flyer, flown by Hubert de Chevigny.

The 1990-built Aviasud Mistral s/n 112 was registered first D-MHUH in Germany. After the aircraft was sold in the Netherlands, it was registered PH-2T5 on 23 June 1995. The Micro Light Aeroplane was sold in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and registration PH-2T5 was cancelled on 14 June 2004. The ultralight bi-plane is registered T9-D113 in Bosnia and Herzegovina since. Aviasud AE-206 Mistral PH-2T5 was photographed at the MLA-airfield Stadskanaal in Vledderveen, the Netherlands.

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