PZL SZD-30 Pirat
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|SZD-30 Pirat at EPSU, August 2007|
|Role||Club-class, formerly Standard-class sailplane|
|First flight||19 May 1966|
|Number built||776 (1967-1980)|
The SZD-30 is of wooden construction. The high-mounted wing incorporates air brakes on both upper and lower surfaces. The inner section of the wing is constant-chord and the outer section is tapered.
The forward section of the otherwise all-wood fuselage is made of fiberglass. The single-wheel main landing gear is fixed. The formed one-piece canopy is side-mounted. The fuselage can be equipped with radios and oxygen system. There are two baggage compartments. Water ballast is not available.
- SZD-30 - initial production version, with fully balanced ailerons
- SZD-30B - a single prototype
- SZD-30C - later production version, with smaller partially balanced ailerons of fiberglass, and larger cockpit. The first -30C flew on 10 January 1978.
- Crew: 1
- Length: 6.86 m (22 ft 6 in)
- Wingspan: 15.00 m (49 ft 3 in)
- Height: 0.96 m (3 ft 2 in)
- Wing area: 13.8 m2 (148.5 sq ft)
- Aspect ratio: 16.3
- Airfoil: FX-61-168/60-1261
- Empty weight: 260 kg (573 lb)
- Gross weight: 370 kg (816 lb)
- Maximum speed: 250 km/h (155 mph, 135 kn)
- Stall speed: 60.2 km/h (37.4 mph, 32.5 kn)
- Maximum glide ratio: 33
- Rate of sink: 0.70 m/s (138 ft/min)
In 2011, following a number of cases of glue failure in wooden joints leading to structural failure, the type certificate holder issued a bulletin which reduces a number of the limiting speeds of the aircraft. Specifically, the maximum speed (VNE) is reduced to 195 km/h (121 mph, 105 knots) and aerobatic flight is prohibited.
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