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Wave season is coming

The first days of stronger wind from the South have come. Can you imagine, the air masses are moving over the Europe even from Sahara desert?

Autumn has definitely begun, as there is no more place on the sky for cumulus clouds and connected thermal. Also, the yellow and orange leaves have started to fall down.

Yesterday, we were observing some rotor clouds rolling over Beskidy Mountains.

Flying high was possible…

As usually, our demo Perkoz is ready for take‑off, hopefully some tugs will be available.

The waves over Bielsko and surrounding areas may reach even 7.000 m above the airfield, so an oxygen is also on board.

SZD‑54-2 seems to be a dream for flying in rough air, because of its super strong airframe and high control’s effectivity. On high altitude, the fine flight characteristic (“flat” polar plot, glide ratio more than 40) allows to go easily upwind to look for undiscovered wave fields.

Aviation picnic at Bielsko-Biala airfield


As annually, we were participating in the aviation picnic at the Bielsko‑Biala airfield. This year, with special dedication because of one hundredth anniversary of polish aviation.

Thousands of people, spectacular show and… heavy thunderstorms, both Saturday and Sunday – this is the shortest description of weekend passed.

Yes, we also flew with our “long‑wings” Perkoz, may say - on the edge of coming storm.

One of visiting aircraft was no lucky and with too many rain drops on it is heavy wings hit into the bushes at the East fence of the field. Fortunately, no injured people at all, but this blue beauty may find it is place now only at Aviation Museum in Krakow.

The autumn is definitely coming, cross‑country season is gone, but no worries – waves will appear soon, so we hope to fly high.

Till the next!

Perkoz on aviation picnic at the Bielsko‑Biała

SZD‑54-2 Perkoz in flight:


Perkoz's display

RWD‑5 accident


Win your competition with new, modernized SZD-59-1 Acro 2!

This is a great pleasure to inform you about the next, new SZD‑59-1 “Acro 2”, just joining to the family of this extraordinary fully‑aerobatic sailplanes.

“Acro 2”, seriously modified and improved, is currently the only one continuously‑produced singleseater approved for unlimited manoeuvres.

Aeroclub Gelnhausen, located nearby Frankfurt, Germany, has just received it is new toy.

Have fun and fly safely!

SZD‑59-1 Acro 2

Upside down

New Perkoz has reached Aboyne, Scotland

We are proud to inform, as the next, brand new SZD‑54-2 “Perkoz” has just appeared in UK.

This time, faraway North, in Aboyne - Scotland, where Deeside Gliding Club is located. Spectacular place, well known for all glider pilots, not only because of hilly landscape and heather’s fields but mostly due to unusual wave conditions.

We had a pleasure to be there and fly with our demonstrator a year ago.

With the best wishes of safe flying, we really hope to hear from Scotish/UK gliding community only the positive news about challenging flying with their Perkoz.

And do not brake your wings soon!

SZD‑54-2 Perkoz for Deeside G.C.


G-CLVO over Bielsko during factory tests in flight

G‑CLVO over Bielsko during factory tests in flight


Demo Perkoz "13" on the wave over Aboyne, Scotland in 2017

Demo Perkoz "13" on the wave over Aboyne, Scotland in 2017

AD 2018-0081 for SZD-55-1

European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has just published the Airworthiness Directive for SZD‑55-1 sailplanes, all serial numbers.

AD 2018‑0081 can be downloaded from here: http://szd.com.pl/downloads/EASA_AD_2018‑0081_1.pdf or is accessible via EASA website https://ad.easa.europa.eu/search/simple/result/

Apperance of this AD is the result of unapproved, home‑made modification and - in connectivity - fatal accident with owner of the glider on‑board.

Please be aware of such activities and perform maintenance of your sailplanes in agree with regulations, best practices and common sense.

The AD is effective from April 25th, 2018.

Allstar PZL Glider, Type Certificate Holder for SZD‑55, is not going to issue any of connected service bulletin.

Home Away From Home

Please be informed, as the next SZD‑54-2 "Perkoz" has just found his new home at North Hill, Devon & Somerset Gliding Club in UK / www.dsgc.co.uk

This exclusive version (3 types of wing tips!) will be flown in all aspects of training as well as advanced gliding (cross‑country, etc.).
We hope, it will allow to DSGC Club' members to develop their skills in "harder"  aerobatic as well.

The Perkoz in Devon is the third one in UK. You may admire also this spectacular beauty birds at Gransden Lodge, Cambride G.C. and at Saltby, Buckminster G.C.

The next one will come soon to Abone, Scotland, the place well known from its exceptional wave conditions.
But this is not the end, next Perkozes have been ordered to UK!

Several of Perkozes are flying worldwide.
In Europe: Poland (5), Germany (4), France (1), Romania (1), UK (3).
Out of the continent - in Canada (3), Colombia (2) and soon - in Japan.

We wish our friends from Devon & Somerset G.C. lot of fun and unforgettable impressions.
Fly safely!

(On the picture - our tour via UK in 2017, North Hill airfield from the air)

Season 2018, Tech Support & Spares

Please be informed, that because of high order`s traffic (beginning of flying season), longer delays with  shipping of spare parts as well as responding for technical inquiries may appear.

We apologize for all inconveniences.

New simplified maintenance rules for SZD-51-1 Junior, life-limit doubled

As the Type Certificate Holder for SZD‑51-1 Junior we would like to inform the users about the possiblity to transition to a simplified maintenance of all SZD‑51-1 Juniors. Also, we inform about the possibility of extending life‑limit for all the Juniors which have reached 6.000 FH. The new life‑limit is 12.000 FH.
 

SIMPLIFIED MAINTENANCE

The simplified maintenance system involves replacing the current duties of scheduled inspections like  50-, 100-, 200 Flight Hours as well as “before and after the season” with an annual inspection and/or after every 300 FH only. This solution will significantly reduce operating costs and keep the glider in continuing airworthiness throughout the whole season.

Another advantage of the simplified system is the extension of the intervals between the main scheduled checks. In place of the existing checks after each 1.000 FH, the checks performed every 1.500 FH were introduced.

However, we would like to remind to the pilots, as the simplified maintenance system dos not allow to omit precisely made daily pre- and post‑flight inspections, as this is the main duty of the pilot‑owner. All findings, also during the flight (like overspeeding, overloading etc.) must be obligatory reported to the maintenance, and than - before the next take‑off  - removed and approved by the approved staff.

Please note, however, that the simplified system does not relieve the pilots/users of careful check of the glider before and after the flight (flights) and obligatory reporting to the approved maintenance staff any special cases in flight (exceeding usage conditions like overspeeding, overloading etc.) and damages caused on the ground.

The rules of unscheduled inspections (ie. after a hard landing) remain unchanged.

Details are described in the service bulletin BE‑013/51‑1/2016 available at the Allstar PZL Glider (contact through techsupport@szd.com.pl) at a price of 360 EUR net. With the service bulletin, you will receive a new issue of Flight Manual and Maintenance Manual.

Gliders, which have not reached 6.000 FH may still be operated and maintained in accordance with the existing rules (see Index of Service Publications).

Technical Support Rules

Dear SZD Customers,

Due to the growing number of technical inquires concerning SZD gliders for which the Allstar PZL Glider remains the owner of the Type Certificate, we introduce payment for technical support. These services will be charged at the rate of 35 EUR per each hour of work of our specialists prepaid to Allstar bank account.

Support includes:

  • Clarifying technical issues related to the safe operation, inspection, maintenance, repair, and maintenance of physical airworthiness of gliders;
  • Correcting or coordinating the creation of simple airworthiness documents (programs, additions to the instructions, etc.);
  • Support for the implementation of individual service bulletins, development of additional instructions, programs, drawings and sketches, then sent to the customer via email;
  • Verification of glider documentation;
  • Other activities not listed above requiring the engagement of our specialist.

We set the rate of 1 hour for each inquiry. If extension of the time and thus higher fee is necessary, we would prior notice the Customer of such need.

Please send your inquires to techsupport@szd.com.pl or via online form.

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