FLARIS ultra-light jet nears test completion, first flight

Poland-based FLARIS says its ultra-light, composites-intensive LAR 1 jet/glider has passed another series of tests and may make its maiden flight later this year.

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FLARIS (Podgórzyn, Poland) reported on March 7 that its all-new LAR 1, reportedly the only ultra-light jet with characteristics of a glider, has completed another series of tests, bringing it closer to its maiden flight, which may take place as soon as this year.

The FLARIS LAR 1 jet has completed the following tests this year:

  • Torsional stiffness of ailerons
  • Torsional stiffness of rudder
  • Torsional stiffness of horizontal stabilizers
  • Stiffness of elevator steering mechanism

The tests were performed in the laboratory of the Military University of Technology in Warsaw, Poland. The aircraft has already successfully passed wing strength tests and completed laboratory tests of the main undercarriage.

"I am very satisfied with the test results as, once again, they have confirmed our assumptions. We can rest assured that the plane will be reliable," says Rafał Ładziński, director of the Flaris project and manufacturer of the jet.

The takeoff mass of the FLARIS LAR 1 is just 1,500 kg/3,306 lb, which makes it almost 50 percent lighter than similar structures of competitors. The entire structure of the plane was built using certified prepregged carbon fiber composites.