Projeto Anequim - O mais rápido avião de 4 cilindros já projetado - by Paulo Iscold CEA UFMG


Here you will be able to follow the development of the Anequim. The Anequim Project is the newest venture of CEA-UFMG in order to promote a strong and reliable under-graduate education for the Aerospace Engineering students of the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Federal University of Minas Gerais), strengthening the Brazilian aeronautical workmanship.
On this web site you will find two tools which allow you to follow our work. The first is a time-line, where you can search, chronologically, many posts that tell the story of the development of this airplane. The second tool is an interactive 3D drawing where you can look at the airplane from many different angles. However, you will only be allowed to see the parts of the airplane that have already been built! It is not only a matter of secrecy, it has the side benefit of increasing your curiosity about our project.
Come on! Follow us throughout this journey!


Anequim is the Brazilian name for the fastest and most ferocious shark, which was "designed" for high speed in deep seas. Why would we use this name on a airplane? Shouldn`t we choose a bird`s name? The truth is that sharks are the state-of-the-art in fluid dynamics and the design of modern fuselages is deeply inspired by their shape (Galvão`s theory). Our airplane was created using this inspiration and in the end (you will see...) it resembles a shark, hungry for speed records!


The team behind this project if headed by Prof. Paulo Iscold and Capt. Gunar Armin. Both have worked together for quite some time, achieving important milestones such as four (three in speed and one in time to climb) world FAI-C1a0 (maximum take-off weight under 300kgf) records.
Additionally, students of aeronautical engineering of the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, and a team of international top level experts will contribute to the success of this project
To date, the following students have worked on this project:
  • Fernanda Guimarães - wing structural analyses.
  • Diego Lucas - fuselage structural analyses.
  • Francisco Ribeiro dos Reis - computational aerodynamic analyses.
  • Matheus Weynen Vinti - fabrication.
  • Matheus Magalhães Vital de Oliveira - fabrication.
  • Luana Montandon - aerodynamics and stability calculations.
  • Bruno Arruda Alves - mechanisms design.
  • Julliardy Matoso - fabrication.
  • Antonio Rafael Silva Filho - development of fabrication techniques.
  • Capt. Gunar Armin, has over 14.500 hours of flight experience. He started to fly sailplanes at the age of 16 and by the time he was 17 he had his airplane private pilot license. He was the Brazilian Aerobatic Champion twice in the advanced category and once in the unlimited category. Between sailplanes, airplanes and experimental airplanes he has already flown over 20 different aircrafts. Professionally, he worked for 17 years in Varig Airlines flying as co-pilot on Electra L188; B 737 200; B 747 400; DC 10; B 747 300, and as Capitan on B 737 300; 400; 500; 700; 800. He worked for two years in Taiwan, flying MD11 on EvaAir, two years in China as a Capitan for Shenzhen Airlines flying B 737 300; 700; 800 e 900, and one year in England flying B737 800 for Ryanair. Currently, he is a corporate jet Captain, flying (Falcon 50 and Gulfstream IV HS125 and Cessna 206) in Brazil.
    Prof. Paulo Iscold was born in 1976 and, as a son of an Aeronautical Engineer he has been involved in airplane related activities since childhood. His first degree was in technical mechanics, which provides him with excellent knowledge in building techniques and processes. He graduated as a Mechanical Engineer specialized in Aeronautical Engineering at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, and in the same university he obtained his masters and doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is also a glider and ultra lights licensed pilot. He is now a professor in this university, working in the Center of Aerodynamic Studies, and he is responsible for the courses of Airplane Design, Applied Aerodynamics and Flight Tests.

    Photo by Marcio Jumpei
    Photo by Victor Marcio
    Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images for RBAR


    To climb the highest mountain, to dive in the deepest sea, we are always looking for new boundaries to explore. Among the many possibilities of challenges, speed in one of the most pursued barriers. Being fast means that you are able to convert all of your energy into movement, without losses, without waste. Being fast means that you are efficient, you are above and beyond.
    Guided by this uncontrollable desire, the Center for Aeronautical Studies of Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil (CEA-UFMG) has been involved with many technologies that try to produce the world’s fastest propeller airplanes. Many of our projects have achieved world-wide success, and now we are preparing to engage in a new adventure.
    This web site will allow you to follow our new venture, where we will try to reach an ultimate level of speed with a limited source of power, a four cylinder internal combustion engine. Join us in being the fastest!


    And excellence is what we can offer to develop this project. Throughout the past decades, CEA-UFMG has developed expertise and tools in the development of light airplanes, always testing it in the most competitive scenarios world-wide.
    The achievement of Red Bull Air Race World Championship assisting Team Bonhomme with flight path optimization technologies and the setting of four world records on Féderation Aeronautique Internationale in C1a0 class are examples of our pursuit of relevant results.
    This new project will be completely developed with 3D design tools, supported by powerful computational codes for aerodynamic design, structural and aero-elastic analysis. The fabrication will be done using exclusively CNC machines in order to acquire the highest level of finishing and precision, using the most advanced materials available.
    Maximum speed is only be possible with a careful attention to detail and constant pursuit of safety.