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Czech man built a plane to fly to work

Frantisek Hadrava, a locksmith from Czech has built a plane to cut the commute the time required to reach at work by half.


Hadrava is a 45-year old locksmith from the south-western Czech village of Zdikov. He built an ultra light plane named as Vampira, an ultralight plane based on the U.S.-design of light planes called Mini-Max. It process took two years before he could fly.

The aeroplane has propeller powered by a 3-cylinder engine made by Czech firm Verner. It has cockpit where a single person can site and it can reach maximum speed of 146 km (91 miles) an hour.  According to Hadrrava it costed about 3,700 euros ($4,200) to build. He works in a factory which makes machine tools for the forestry industry.


The lands his plane on meadow near a road from his factory and then push his plance to road to park in a lot reserved for factory parking. According to him

“It takes me about 12-14 minutes by car,” Hadrava said.


“By plane, it would take around 4-5 minutes if I flew directly, but I take a bit of a detour so that I don’t disturb people early in the morning. So it takes about 7 minutes.”

Hadrava has ablity to build the replica of planes. He has also built a replica of the German World War One triplane Fokker Dr. I. He also plans to another historical plane, the French Deperdussin in future.

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