Start-up Flaris Unveils $1.5M VLJ at Paris Air Show

 - June 18, 2013, 2:00 PM
Polish-based start-up aircraft manufacturer Flaris unveiled the prototype of its previously unannounced single-engine LAR 01 this week at the Paris Air Show. The $1.5 million very light jet is expected to fly by year-end, with certification scheduled for late 2015. (Photo: Mark Wagner)

Podgórzyn, Poland-based aspiring aircraft manufacturer Flaris unveiled the prototype of its heretofore unannounced five-place, single-engine very light jet–dubbed the LAR 01–at the Paris Air Show this week. The aircraft has already completed low-speed taxi tests and, following the show, will start high-speed ground testing before flying by year-end, Flaris sales manager Anthony Krol told AIN. The developers expect EASA and FAA Part 23 certification in late 2015.

The $1.5 million (2013 $), all-composite jet sports a nose-mounted ballistic parachute; wide rear-hinged pilot and copilot doors; detachable wings and horizontal stabilizers, for easier storage; a fuselage-mounted fuel tank, since no fuel can be in the detachable wings; and electric de-ice system. Krol said the prototype is fitted with a Fadec-controlled, 1,460-pound-thrust Pratt & Whitney Canada PW610F, but Flaris is also considering the PW615, as well as engines from Williams International and Price Induction. He said the avionics will be a dual Garmin G600 system.

Target performance specifications include 820-foot takeoff distance from a grass field, 380-knot max cruise speed, 62-knot stall speed, 45,000-foot ceiling and 1,400-nm range. Empty weight is planned to be 1,543 pounds, while mtow is projected to be 3,300 pounds.

Flaris’s parent company–Metal-Master, which makes assembly tooling for truck manufacturers–is self-funding the project with cash flow.


Hate to have that door open in flight, accidentally.

Larry, I expressed the same concern when I saw the jet on the show floor here in Paris. Flaris told me that the each of the two doors have 11 lock pins to prevent them from opening in flight. The door sides and bottom each have three locking pins across their spans, while the narrower top has two.

Same general arrangement as the WWII Heinkel HE-162.

Good luck to them but I have serious doubts as to the viability of this project.

I have seen it this Sunday 23rd, well, several questions came to me immediately,
first same general layout as Cirrus SF50, clear inspiration.
What about air supply to the engine at high incidence angles (mainly take off and landing), the engine is placed behind the fuselage and working in a disturbed airflow?
Engine position on the beam between the cabin and the tail is strange to me :
- in case of hard landing or crash, if you survive the engine will kill you
- to balance the aircraft need to put additional weight on the front to compensate the engine, as a result the total weight will suffer.
Also the 3 rear places are more for 2 people.
Wait and see the results of flight tests.

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