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The world's smallest business jet Flaris LAR 1 made the first flight

Dal Kikin
April 12, 2019

The Polish company Metal Master announced the first flight of its personal jet Flaris LAR 1. The plane took off on April 5 and has so far performed a number of flights from the manufacturer’s flight test base at Zielona Góra airport in western Poland.

This milestone occurred a little less than six years after the launch of a five-seater single-engine personal jet, which is the first offer in a family of high-performance, light and low-cost business jets planned by Metal Master.

"The aircraftperformed and handled very well," says company founder Rafal Landinski, adding that the tests also confirmed the ability of the LAR-1 to take off using less than 100 meters (330 feet) of the runway and to rise at a speed of 5,900 feet per minute (30 m / s).

Certification in accordance with the Polish regulations S-1 for experimental aircraft is scheduled for the end of the year, and this permit will allow the company to begin supplying aircraft to local customers. Then Metal Master will be validated by EASA in accordance with the rules of CS-23 in order to obtain approval by the end of 2020. The cost of LAR 1 will be 1.8 million euros ($ 2 million).

LAR 1 has one Williams International FJ33-5A turbofan engine and is the only single-engine personal jet complying with the rules of CS-23, and built outside the United States. Its only competitors in this class are the Stratos 716, which is in development, and Cirrus Vision Jet. The last of them is already significantly ahead of the Polish aircraft - since its commissioning in December 2016, more than 100 aircraft are in operation.

Flaris is the smallest, fastest, and most innovative business jet that can launch a new class of High Speed ??Personal Jet aircraft. According to the designers, it is also the safest, not only due to the planning characteristics, but also the presence of a parachute rescue system.