The Aquila A 210 is a side by side two seat; low-wing; composite design; single engined very light aircraft (VLA) fitted with a fixed
tricycle landing gear with steerable nose wheel. However the Aquila AT-01 is marketed as the A 210, its official engineering and
certification name is Aquila AT-01. Development of the A 210 started in 1995 in Germany by Peter Grundhoff, Alfred Schmiderer and Markus
Wagner, who before worked on aircraft like the Stemme S10 and the FFT Eurotrainer 2000. In 1996, AQUILA Aviation Technische Entwicklungen
GmbH was founded and the next year was started with the establishment of a production facility in Schönhagen. Following successful structural
load tests at the Technical University of Berlin and a swing test, the aircraft was presented to the public at the 1999 AERO aerospace
fair in Friedrichshafen. On 5 March 2000, the prototype AT-01 D-EQUI took off from airfield Schönhagen for its first flight. Flight
testing was completed in March 2001, and the type certification of the JAR-VLA aircraft was completed on 21 September 2001. Series
production started in 2002, with the 200th Aquila delivered on 17 January 2017. The AT-01 is entirely built from carbon and glass
fibre reinforced composite plastics. Carbon reinforced composite plastic is used for the more highly stressed members, spars, frames and
stringers, glass fibre reinforced plastic for shells and control surfaces, the latter with glassfibre reinforced composite/polyurethane sandwich
construction. The low wing has straight tapered inboard sections with increasing sweep outboard and winglets at the tips on production
examples. It has a laminar flow section and 4.5° of dihedral. The ailerons are balanced and the inboard single slotted fowler flaps have
two positions. The AT-01 is powered by a Rotax 912 flat four engine driving a two blade propeller. The cabin has uninterrupted transparencies
fore and aft, with a slender fuselage behind. The canopy is forward hinged. The tailplane is set just above the fuselage and the fin is swept.
A small ventral fin doubles as a tail bumper. The AT-01 has a fixed tricycle undercarriage. Its mainwheels are fitted with hydraulic brakes and
mounted on spring steel legs from the fuselage. The nosewheel has rubber suspension and is steerable; speed fairings are fitted on all wheels.
"Aquila" changed several times of owner / name since the company started in 1996 as AQUILA Aviation Technische Entwicklungen GmbH: in 2008
it became AQUILA Aviation by Excellence AG; in 2011 Aquila Aviation by Excellence GmbH; in 2013 AQUILA Aviation GmbH and in 2016 AQUILA Aviation
International GmbH all as before based at Schönhagen Flugplatz in Trebbin, Germany.