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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.

In 1991 Aviasud Mistral s/n 126 was registered first D-MJJJ in Germany as an Aviasud BA-53 Mistral BRD. After the aircraft was sold in the Netherlands, it was re-registered PH-2W1 on 1 March 1996. The 1991-built ultralight bi-plane is equipped with a Rotax 462 UL CB engine. After the CofA of the PH-2W1 expired on 1 June 2006, registration PH-2W1 was cancelled on 25 July 2007. The ultralight bi-plane was restored to the register as PH-2W1 as an Aviasu Mistral on 3 May 2011. The aircraft was seen at the ramp of the Aviodrome at Lelystad Airport during the Dutch Home-built NVAV fly-in 2011.

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