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Welcome to Yak-aviation.  We've been selling aircraft, engines, parts and propellers since 2003 and here, we bring information about these products together for those interested in Russian and Eastern European aviation.

Whether you are interested in aircraft, engines, overhaul services, links, contacts, trips and events or simply looking to test fly a Yak, then hopefully we can help put you in the right direction.

Be our guest and have a look around; especially if you are quite new to aviation and have just qualified with a PPL(A) or even if you are thinking about purchase options or the possibility of owning or part-owning a Yak-18T 4-seater touring aerobatic aircraft or a more nimble and retro Yak-18A or Yak-52 2-seater aerobatic trainer.

For many, the process of importing an aircraft from East to West can be fraught with issues and concerns. However, it is not as difficult as you might think and it could be your best option, especially if value for money is the imperative. For those who are not so adventurous, use of a respectable agent can pay dividends and give you purchase peace of mind. Buying a share in a group or generally cost sharing in a Yak group can also be highly rewarding for the more cost conscious.

Feel free to contact us with your questions; we're less sales led than other more prominent players in the market and happy to take your questions and help where we can. For reference, over 80% of the questions we receive involve offering references about leading suppliers of Yak's. If you're not sure, drop us an email, perhaps we can help.


Yak-aviation comprises of Vertical Scientific & Stock Trading Co. in Kharkov, Ukraine and Flying-Spirits in the UK.  Yak-aviation is a trading name of Flying-Spirits Ltd.  Essentially we have two operational sites, English speaking in the UK, Russian/Ukrainian speaking in Ukraine.  

We also have a large warehouse, dedicated workshops and paint facilities outside of the Kharkov region where all the work is carried out by a dedicated team of qualified aviation engineers and technicians.

Vertical Scientific and Industrial Stock Trading Company Ltd

Historically, Vertical was conducting business in a number of different markets. In 2002, the directors decided to focus all of the company's efforts on aviation and therefore span-off the alternative revenue streams. Today, it is engaged in a number of aviation projects, many of which are innovative and next generation in nature. The business is run by Sergei Aleksandrov. As an individual, he is a well connected, qualified aviation engineer and a talented achiever.

Prior to forming the aviation department within Vertical back in 1989, Sergei formed two aviation clubs. The first of which was for students of aviation when he was one, in 1972. The club grew to over 50 members, each contributing to the design and manufacture of small planes and gliders. They all loved to work with new and challenging projects but the club concentrated on building small aircraft, 5 in total. It ran for 14yrs with members engaged in a variety of activities, namely aircraft design, construction and modification.

In 1980, Sergei graduated from Kharkov Aviation Institute and decided to form, along with some 15 other people, a new club called "Free Flight". This club ran for 5yrs and in 1988, it built its first Motorglider (now for sale on this site). Sergei formed Free Flight when he was working at an aviation factory near Kharkov airport. He met several interesting and driven people who all wanted to work on more challenging and innovative aviation projects. After they built the motorglider, their combined creativity came up with a new aircraft and methodology for teaching people to fly.

The aircraft and method used to learn to fly did not require dual aircraft controls or an instructor! Each summer, Free Flight members tought over 30 people to fly using this new method and aircraft. Free Flight continued to operate and began to attract many aviation specialists. It acquired qualified Yak 18T flying instructors, aviation engineers, aviation technicians, air traffic controllers and specialists in artistic design, mechanical, technical and aerodynamic engineering; about 20 talented individuals, many of whom help to form the business activities of Vertical today.

From 1990, Sergei studied and flew Russian Yakovlev aircraft.  Along with a number of friends, they learnt how to repair, maintain and overhaul them. They overhauled everything from the undercarriage, wings, fuel tanks, propeller's and M-14P engines.  Over the course of the next 2 years they maintained and overhauled some 5 Yak 18T's before in 1993 embarking on a new and most exciting project called T-1.  During 1993-95, they produced detailed designs, schemes, models, options, modifications, performance charts and overhaul documents for the T-1 thus planning to deliver a powerful 6-seat, multi-surface, STOL, 760hp turboprop aircraft. The concept for the T-1 was later moved forward and a doner aircraft was found and fitted with the Walter M601-B turboprop engine.  See T-1 for more details.

Yak-aviation & Flying-Spirits Ltd

Whilst Vertical's offices are based in Kharkov, Ukraine, the UK offices are based in London and is mainly responsible for Worldwide sales and customer support.

Our objectives are -

  • To continue delivering quality parts, engines, propellers for Yakovlev and Antonov type aircraft and providing bespoke engineering services helping pilots remain airworthy and safe

  • To be collaborative and partner with other suppliers of Yak parts and services in a meaningful and mutually beneficial way that benefits the aviation community

  • To continue manufacturing brand new replacement parts for Yakovlev and Antonov aircraft types e.g. fuel tanks, stained cockpit glass, cowlings, covers, interior

  • To continue being competitive by keeping our prices fair and below that of other suppliers offering the same parts and to no longer supply European competitors with parts or services due to evidence of substantial mark ups passed on to customers

  • Not to be involved with any aircraft that has dubious history or is an unknown quantity and never to represent a sellers of aircraft without complete and original log books and to achieve formal EASA 145 compliance and certification for airframe, engine and propeller overhauls

20 Havelock Road, Hastings
East Sussex, TN34 1BP
United Kingdom

Enquiries:  +44 208 895 6852 (24hrs)
Office hours: 09:00-18:00 GMT, Monday - Friday

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Yak-aviation brokers aircraft, engine, propeller and parts deals globally.  

We are committed to providing a responsive, first class service treating buyers and sellers with the upmost professionalism.  

We constantly seek the best outcome for all parties to the transaction.

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