About the Allstar PZL Glider
About the Allstar PZL Glider company
Allstar PZL Glider, polish manufacturer of sailplanes, has been founded in the year 2000. The main goal is to design, manufacture, promote and sale gliders.
Based on the knowledge and experience of SZD designers, we continue the best traditions of former polish manufacturer from Bielsko‑Biala. As a successor of SZD, we take efforts to follow its style, by providing the gliders with exceptional flight characteristic and safe in exploitation as well as to work on the new solutions.
Allstar’s team consists experienced designers (our own Engineering Department), metal production shop, tests in flight cell and the hangar with direct access to the local airfield. We use that not only for tests, but mostly for popularization of gliding and pursuing our passion of flying. Making the work our hobby, we are successfully improving the experience of gliding for others.
In continuous production remain:
• fully aerobatic singleseater SZD‑59-1 “Acro”, 13, 15 and 17 m wing span;
• modern standard‑class singleseater SZD‑55 “Nexus”;
• multifunctional, heavy‑duty fully aerobatic SZD‑54-2 “Perkoz”, 17 and 20 m.
We also hold the Certificates Type for:
• SZD‑48-3 “Jantar Std. 3”;
• SZD‑50-3 “Puchacz”
• SZD‑51-1 “Junior”.
Allstar’s mission is to provide the safest, the most modern and comfortable products, in affordable prices.
Our offer is directed to aero‑clubs and gliding schools as well as to demanding private Customers.
SZD gliders provide very wide possibilities for safe training, relaxing entertainment and healthy sport competition. Some of them, as the only structures currently available on the market, are admitted to unlimited aerobatics.
We conduct operations based on the certificates of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), according to the provisions of Part 21.G and J: aerospace approved production organisation and aerospace approved design organization.
History of Allstar PZL Glider & Polish "SZD" Gliding Research Institute
Allstar's PZL Glider history is strongly connected with the former and historical polish SZD plants.
SZD - it means: Szybowcowy Zakład Doświadczalny, in eng. - Gliding Experimental Plants / Gliding Research Institute.
The history of Allstar PZL Glider is to be dated much earlier than year 2000, when the bankrupt SZD changed the owner and – furthermore – the structure.
In 1946, just after the Second World War, the Gliding Institute (Instytut Szybownictwa) was created as a successor of pre‑war activity of Institute of Gliding and Motorgliding from Lviw (Lwów) – current Ukraine. The plant had been located in the territory of Aleksandrowice airfield, West side of Bielsko‑Biała, which is the same place as today. Its first director was Eng. Rudolf Weigl, designer and pioneer well known from mountain gliding school of Ustianowa in Bieszczady. The first serial produced glider was design of Mr. Wacław Czerwiński – IS‑A “Salamandra”.
Soon, 2 years after the IIWW, the high‑performance IS‑1 “Sęp” appeared. With this design, in 1947, Adam Ziętek, famous polish test‑pilot was taking part in Second World Gliding Championship in Samedan, France.
In 1948, under managing of Eng. Władysław Nowakowski, also designer from Lviw, designer and co‑designer of Sęp, Nietoperz, Wampir and later – Mucha Standard, the Institute had changed its brand into “Szybowcowy Zakład Doświadczalny”.
Among many glider’s workshops at that time, located in Jeżów Sudecki, Poznań, Krosno on Wisłok river, Gdańsk, and after that – Wrocław, the factory from Bielsko‑Biała was the best equipped and supported by the highest number of qualified staff. Including designers, engineers, technologists, technicians, mechanics and test pilots.
In 1963, once again, the structure of SZD was changed, by adding two satellites plants in Wrocław and Jeżów (Grunow). Until nineties of previous century.
1969 was the year of factory growing, among other things, the modern big hall as well as administrative building were built. All under supervising of Eng. Jerzy Śmielkiewicz, recognized also as a test pilot and chief‑designer of SZD‑30 “Pirat”.
In 1971 the brand of SZD was changed into the “Centre of Research & Development for Gliding (“Ośrodek Badawczo‑Rozwojowy Szybownictwa”).
Both 1971 & 1972, was a time of further creating of new facilities, and corresponding big number of gliders to be produced. This is also the beginning of a wide series of different composite designs, including whole Jantar’s family and the only serial produced motor‑glider SZD‑45 “Ogar”.
Years 80/90 in the East Europe’ countries brought political and economical changes. Because of many reasons, the SZD structure as so far, was impossible to be kept. Despite of troubles, lack of means, deficiency of modern glass and carbon fabrics, as well as significant reducing the number of staff, the new designs were born: school‑training SZD‑51 “Junior”, high‑performance SZD‑55 “Promyk” (currently “Nexus”), SZD‑56 “Diana”.
Only to mention about research and tests of experimental sailplanes in the "duck" system: IS‑5 “Kaczka” and SZD‑6X “Nietoperz”, SZD‑13X “Wampir’, SZD‑20X “Wampir 2”.
In 1988 the idea of SZD‑54 Perkoz – multipurpose, heavy‑duty doubleseater, approved for unlimited aerobatic – arose, however nowadays this is completely different glider.
For many decades SZD was producing the gliders for several polish aero‑clubs. Up to mid of 90‑ties polish sailplanes were a monotype on each polish field, as well as comprised on the base of trainers for schooling in many socialistic countries. Many of these gliders is in airworthy condition.
As far as export is concerned, the main recipients were communism nations. Summarizing, between 1951 and 2000 about 2900 gliders had been exported (ca. 70% to socialistic countries). Up to 2000 the number of 5000 gliders had been made and sold.
Among many famous designers and technicians the following family‑names should be mentioned: Irena Kaniewska, Tadeusz Kostia, Rudolf Matz, Józef Niespał, Władysław Nowakowski, Justyn Sandauer, Władysław Okarmus, Wiesław Gębala, Adam Meus, Piotr Mynarski, Wiesław Stafiej, Adam Kurbiel, Tadeusz Łabuć. Some of them came just from University of Lwiv or were successors of those passionate people.
Numerous were also glider pilots and instructors, like Adam Zientek, Jerzy Popiel, Stanisław Skrzydlewski, January Roman, Zdzisław Bylok…
Polish sailplanes were getting international into success and many times were considered as the best gliders worldwide (like SZD‑32 “Foka 5” in 1968, standard class or SZD‑37 “Jantar 19” in 1972, open class).
Pilots were bitting international records and one by one took medals in world championships (SZD‑9bis “Bocian” – world altitude record, Foka 5 – winner of WGC 1965, open class, SZD‑36 “Cobra” – winner of WGC 1970, standard class, Orion – winner on WGC in 1972, open class...).
Famous polish gliders (Bocian, Puchacz, Foka, Cobra, Junior, Jantar) fly in polish aeroclubs until nowadays, where are treated now as the base for preliminary and advanced training, and also to practise gliding sport professionally.
- „50 lat Przemysłu Lotniczego w Polsce 1928‑1978”, CDW Cieszyn;
- „Dzieje lotnictwa na Podbeskidziu, 1932‑2000”, autor Adam Skarbiński.