Aircraft Type History
The Aero L-29 Delfin (dolphin), NATO designation Maya, was Czechoslovakia’s first locally designed jet aircraft, produced by Aero Vodochody. First flown in 1959, production commenced in 1963 and ceased in 1974 with over 3600 built. The L-29 won a Soviet design competition and became the standard jet trainer for most Eastern Block countries, except Poland. It was also exported to a number of countries. The Soviet Air Force was the largest operator, obtaining more than 2000 Delfins. The aircraft is now mostly retired from military service, however is still very popular among civil operators.
The military L-29 Delfin was powered by a Czech Motorlet M701 turbojet engine. It was a simple, easy to maintain aircraft which could operate from unprepared airfields. It also had an impressive safety record for the type. Both instructor and pilot had ejection seats. Straightforward, rugged and easy to fly, the L-29 was ideal as both a primary jet trainer and as an advanced combat/weapons trainer.
Our L-29’s History
Waterloo Warbird’s L-29 was built in 1972 for the Soviet Air Force and imported to the United States in 2002 from Estonia. Viper North acquired our aircraft in 2007 and brought it to Canada in 2011. Just prior to Viper North’s acquisition, the original jet engine was upgraded to a Rolls Royce Viper 540, resulting in a 70% increase in thrust. The increase in power has given this aircraft amazingly high performance for its size and weight. Our L-29 is one of the favourites at Waterloo Warbirds, being very stable as well as a thrill to fly in and is an excellent aircraft for those wanting to learn about or experience flight in jet warbirds.
The Technical Stuff
- Crew: one/two
- Length: 10.81 m (35 ft 5½ in)
- Wingspan: 10.29 m (33 ft 9 in)
- Height: 3.13 m (10 ft 3 in)
- Empty weight: 2,280kg (5,027lbs)
- Max. takeoff weight: 3,280kg (7,321lb)
- Powerplant: 1 × Rolls-Royce Viper 540
- Maximum speed: 655kph (353 knots, 407mph)
- Service ceiling: 11,000 m (36,100 ft)
The only place in Canada to fly an L-29 Delfin with a VIPER engine!
Your day starts with a safety briefing followed by a verbal test and question period. Then, you are off to pull on your flightsuit, (after a bathroom break) and prepare for your flight. You may be waiting prior to your flight depending on your time slot. You get to enjoy the excitement, sounds and seeing the crew and pilots prepare for flight, until your time slot arrives. The flight experience will last 30 minutes from taxi out to taxi in. The flight begins with a rumble of the jet engine start-up, a quick taxi out, and then lift off; your flight is underway!
Operating at speeds up to 650km/hr and altitudes of up to 12,000ft you and your pilot will be at the controls of a beautiful, historic jet aircraft. During your flight you will be able to enjoy low level passes, overhead breaks, and aileron rolls; while feeling the onset of G’s as you are pressed into your seat.
BUT, the flight is yours to experience. This is not a scripted routine. Once the wheels tuck up into the jet, the flight is between you and your pilot. Take it as it unfolds to determine your level of thrill. You are in constant contact with your pilot to share what works for you, and what does not.
At the Pilot’s discretion you may be able to get a feel for the flight attributes of the jet and ‘take the stick’ for a moment. Do not take it personally should the Pilot decline. The Pilot is making the safest decisions based on numerous factors happening during the flight.
After the flight it is time for pictures and a quick debrief with your pilot. You will be awarded your certificate
All passengers MUST attend a safety briefing on the aircraft; to be held the morning of your flight.
Safety Briefings begin at 0830. Please be at the hangar by 0815 latest. Flights will then take place in sequence.
Please ensure you are dressed in or have packed comfortable clothes. These can be shorts or pants and a t-shirt. Cotton fiber is optimal. Ensure that you are wearing closed toe shoes. We have several flight suit sizes available; and will do our best to outfit you in one for your flight.
In the event your flight is canceled due to poor weather or an aircraft mechanical snag we will work to reschedule your flight for our next available fly day.
Family and friends are welcomed to join you on your day up to a maximum of 3 people. Please contact our booking agent for larger numbers.
Weight and height restrictions are in effect due to the limiting size of the parachutes, seat straps, helmet, flight suit and cockpit dimensions. The passenger maximum weight limit is 250 lbs and height limited to a person no taller than 6’3″. The passenger minimum weight limit is dependent on the passenger’s ability to lift their own body weight, pull the ripcord of a parachute, and punch a hole through the canopy of the jet for emergency exit.
The passenger is fully responsible for informing Waterloo Warbirds of any sizing variations that may impact the proper fit of safety equipment; including parachute, helmet or flight suit. There are a limited range of flight suit sizes available.
If the passenger has a history, recent or current medical conditions like heart complications, or any other medical condition that may not withstand the force of 4 G’s, intensely hot environment, permit the passenger to be away from medical support for more than 30 minutes, or impede the passenger’s ability to remove themselves from a flying aircraft using their own strength; a doctor’s note is required in order to clear you for the flight; and said medical information provided to Director of Flight Operations ahead of time.
All limitations are none negotiable unless a written deferral is obtained from the Director of Flight Operations prior to the flight.
The passenger must attend and pass a safety briefing on the aircraft type that includes emergency egress training and verbal testing. They must also sign the backseat flight waiver in order to release the aircraft for flight. Additionally, photo and video release forms requiring signing for passenger, family and friends.
Pilots have the right to refuse any flight due to safety concerns. Even if that passenger/person has a current backseat endorsement.
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