|Pazmany PL-2 at Winter Haven Airport, Florida, in 2011|
|Manufacturer||Pazmany Aircraft Corporation|
|Primary users||Republic of China Air Force
Indonesian Air Force
The Pazmany PL-1 Laminar and Pazmany PL-2 are American two-seat trainer and personal light aircraft designed by Ladislao Pazmany to be marketed as a homebuilt aircraft by his company Pazmany Aircraft Corporation. The aircraft was built under licence in Taiwan (Republic of China) as the AIDC PL-1B Cheinshou. It was later followed by an improved version the PL-2.
The PL-1 Laminar was the first design by Ladislao Pazmany, it was intended to be marketed for the homebuilt market. The prototype first flew on the 23 March 1962. The PL-1 is a cantilever low-wing monoplane with a fixed tricycle landing gear. It has side-by-side seating for a crew of two and is powered by a 95 hp (71 kW) Continental C-90 piston engine. The Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) acquired plans and built a PL-1 for evaluation with a first flight on 26 October 1968. AIDC then built 58 aircraft designated the PL-1B for the Republic of China Air Force and fitted with a 150 hp (112 kW) Avco Lycoming O-320 engine.
Soon after the first flight Pazmany produced an improved design, the PL-2 which had a slight increase in cockpit width and changes to the structure to make it easier for homebuilders. The PL-2 was evaluated by a number of air forces in south-east Asia. It was built under license in Indonesia as the Lipnur LT-200.
- Original design for home-built light aircraft
- Licence built variant by AIDC with a 150hp (112kW) Avco Lycoming O-320 engine, 58 built.
- More rounded, wider cockpit, increased wing dihedral.
- Licence built variant by Lipnur (Indonesia).
- Indonesian Air Force LT-200(PL-2)
- Vietnam Air Force - One aircraft only, no longer in service. Named the Tien Phong "Pioneer", built under U.S supervision. Plans for additional aircraft were cancelled in 1972
Data from The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985), 1985, Orbis Publishing, Page 2694
- Crew: 2
- Length: 19 ft 3½ in (5.88 m)
- Wingspan: 28 ft 0 in (8.53 m)
- Height: 7 ft 7 in (2.31 m)
- Wing area: 116.0 ft2 (10.78 m2)
- Empty weight: 904 lb (410 kg)
- Gross weight: 1609 lb (730 kg)
- Powerplant: 1 × Avco Lycoming O-320-E2A flat-four piston, 150 hp (112 kW)
- Maximum speed: 152 mph (245 km/h)
- Endurance: 5 hours 30 min
- Service ceiling: 14,995 ft (4570 m)
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- The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985), 1985, Orbis Publishing, Page 2694