Report: Polish Single-Engine Jet Nears First Flight

New Polish light jet completes taxi test phase.

In the "we'll believe it when we see it" department, a single-engine jet is being developed in Poland that is reminiscent of some single-engine jet programs that have been done here in the United States in recent years. Named the Flaris LAR 01, the jet has completed its initial taxi tests at the airport in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Its developer says it expects the jet to fly within the next few weeks. The small mid-wing, single-engine jet was built by a Polish company called Metal-Master. However, the airplane is of composite construction, using pre-impregnated carbon fiber material.

The projected specifications are ambitious. The single-engine jet has seats for five people and — no, we're not making this up — features wings that come off in about five minutes, according to Flaris, to allow owners to store the airplane in spaces smaller than a traditional hangar. The company makes claims for an impressive list of performance capabilities, almost all of which . . . well, as we said, we're looking forward to seeing the actual performance if and when it flies.

The jet will make use of Garmin's G600 avionics. The airplane is powered by a single Pratt & Whitney Canada PW610F engine producing 1,460 pounds of thrust.

The LAR 01 was first unveiled at the Paris air show in 2013. The targeted price for the airplane is $1.5 million. The company says it plans to make an unmanned version of the light jet, too.

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