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Article from BTNews 8 JULY 2013

Polish jet

As mentioned in our Paris Air Show report one aircraft really caught our eye – the Polish Flaris LAR 1.  This tiny jet-powered four-seater might be the way ahead for the smart businessman in the future.  It is powered by a single Pratt & Whitney Canada PW615F engine.

Initially priced at US$1.5m the aircraft offers generous accommodation, cruise speed of 380 knots and a range of 2500km.  It is designed to operate from grass strips.  The wings are detachable for storage purposes.

The plane has already completed initial ground running tests and is planned to make its first flight later this year with production from 2014 initially at a 10 aircraft annual rate.  The idea is to initially certificate the LAR 1 in the special S1 category and in three years both EASA and FAA.

The LAR 1 is claimed to be the world’s first family and business jet manufactured using the latest pre-impregnated carbon technology.  The company says that due to innovative solutions, the structure is exceptionally light-weight and very strong. 

Polish skills in aeronautics are well known going back decades.  The Chief Engineer is Andrzej Frydrychewicz MSc, whose CV includes the Wilga utility aircraft (1,000 built), Kruk (crop sprayer) and Orlik (turbine military trainer). http://flaris.pl

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