LET L-13AC Blanik
The two-seat, all-metal L 13 AC Blanik is a version of the L 13 Blanik, primarily intended for elementary glider training and for basic aerobatic. It has the same cockpit as the L 23 Super Blanik with one piece canopy allowing for excellent visibility, the tail of an L 13 Blanik, and shortened L 23 Super Blanik wings. It is fitted with a high-winged glider with a retractable main wheel and a castering tail-wheel. The intended users of the L 13 AC Blanik are clubs, commercial, and military schools where instructors and other pilots are trained in mastering basic aerobatic manoeuvres.
The aim of the L 13 AC Blanik i s to promote instruction in aerobatics, including recoveries from unusual glider attitudes. The availability of this kind of glider, similar to the original L 13 Blanik, the most widely used trainer in the world, will enable instructors to refresh their aerobatic skills, and to pass the confidence gained on to their students.
The L-13AC was sold to the USAF Academy for training their pilots and where it served the Academy Aerobatic Team well for many years. It was designated as the TG-10C in America where It proved it was capable of performing basic aerobatic maneuvers including: Chandelle, Lazy Eight, Loop, Cloverleaf, Immelmann, Split-S, Cuban Eight, Reverse Cuban, Inverted Flight, Barrel Roll, Hammerhead, and Slow Roll. In addition, it is the Academy’s primary spin trainer. The TG-10C outinely demonstrated at various airshows, regional and national competitions, and all USAF Academy home football games.