The story of our aircraft begins in the 1950's when these type of aircrafts were originally designed by Al Mooney of Lockheed in the United States as a light civil utility aircraft. Lockheed flew the first prototype on 15 September 1959. Being too expensive to manufacture in the US, a license was obtained in Mexico to manufacture these aircraft, but the main license was in Italy's Aermacchi, an Italian aircraft manufacturer, where most of these aircraft were manufactured.
The Aermacchi AL-60 Trojan, has a tricycle undercarriage and was sold to the Rhodesian Air Force. These aircraft were used by No.4 squadron of the Rhodesian Air Force, 10 aircraft in all. They were used as 'spotter' aircraft, air control and for casualty evacuation. On the top surface of the wing and on the fuselage was a large white T, which made them easy to spot when there were other Rhodesian Air Force aircraft in the area. They were sold off in the 1980's for civilian use.
Aidan Parker and Carl van Beusekom heard about one of these aircrafts, which had been scrapped and decide to rebuild the Trojan, but with a twist!
The new Apollo T aircraft, is an Aermacchi AL-60 but it has been converted into a turbine aircraft, for Skydiving use.
THE APOLLO T IS ONE OF A KIND, THE ONLY ONE IN THE WORLD!
Apollo T will change the operations at Skydive Parys, with increased lift capacity/ decreased turnaround time/ 11 000 ft. AGL/ climb time approximately 10 - 12 minutes/ 8 - 9 pax.
With our new Apollo T we will be expanding into sports skydiving - Welcoming All disciplines - Training, formation skydiving; accuracy, wing suiting, free flying, canopy relative work, ATMO etc
Apollo T will also be used for our student training operation starting in 2016.
WATCH THIS SPACE FOR THE LAUNCH DATE OF APOLLO T.
...the most mind-blowing experience of my life. That freefall is something that I will never forget for the rest of my life!