PZL Krosno KR-03 Puchatek

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KR-03 Puchatek
Szybowiec-Puchatek cr.jpg
Role Glider
National origin Poland
Manufacturer PZL Krosno
Designer Jerzy Krawczyk and Eugeniusz Pelczar
First flight 1985
Status Production completed
Number built about 30

The PZL Krosno KR-03 Puchatek is a Polish mid-wing, T-tailed, two-seats-in-tandem, glider that was designed by Jerzy Krawczyk and Eugeniusz Pelczar and produced by PZL Krosno, first flying in 1985.[1][2]

Design and development[edit]

The KR-03 was designed as an ab initio training glider.[1] The name Puchatek is Polish translation of Pooh Bear.[3]

The aircraft is made from aluminium with some parts covered in doped aircraft fabric covering. Its 16.4 m (53.8 ft) span wing employs a Wortmann FX S-02-158 airfoil. The wing features top and bottom Schempp-Hirth-style dive brakes. The landing gear consists of an oleo-pneumatic sprung, non-retractable main wheel, a tail wheel and a rubber sprung nose skid. The Puchatek has a baggage compartment with a capacity of 5 kg (11 lb) for soft baggage items.[1][2][4]

The aircraft was type certified in the United States on 6 August 1991, with Barry Aviation of Edgewater, Volusia County, Florida as the US certificate holder.[2]

Australian Air Cadets with glider at the 2008 Australian Defence Force Air Show, Amberley, Queensland

Operational history[edit]

In August 2011 there were 16 KR-03As registered in the United States with the Federal Aviation Administration.[5]


Main production version.[1]

Specifications (KR-03A)[edit]

Instrument panel

Data from Sailplane Directory, Type Certificate G56EU and The Incomplete Guide to Airfoil Usage[1][2][4]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: one passenger
  • Wingspan: 16.4 m (53 ft 10 in)
  • Wing area: 19.44 m2 (209.3 sq ft)
  • Airfoil: Wortmann FX S-02-158
  • Empty weight: 350 kg (772 lb)
  • Gross weight: 540 kg (1,190 lb)


  • Never exceed speed: 198 km/h; 123 mph (107 kn)
  • g limits: +5.3/-2.65
  • Maximum glide ratio: 27:1 at 88 km/h (55 mph)
  • Rate of sink: 0.78 m/s (154 ft/min)
  • Wing loading: 27.78 kg/m2 (5.69 lb/sq ft)

See also[edit]

Related lists


  1. ^ a b c d e Activate Media (2006). "KR-03A Puchatek PZL Krosno". Retrieved 21 August 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d Federal Aviation Administration (November 2007). "Type Certificate Data Sheet No. G56EU" (PDF). Retrieved 21 August 2011.
  3. ^ Milne, A.A. (2012). Kubuś Puchatek (in Polish). Translated by Irena Tuwim (29th ed.). Wydawnictwo Nasza Księgarnia. ISBN 978-83-10-12033-5.
  4. ^ a b Lednicer, David (2010). "The Incomplete Guide to Airfoil Usage". Retrieved 1 August 2011.
  5. ^ Federal Aviation Administration (August 2011). "Make / Model Inquiry Results". Retrieved 21 August 2011.

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