Iran makes all-composite ultralight plane
Free Bird all-composite ultralight aircraft
Iranian aviation researchers have designed and built an all-composite ultralight aircraft to meet the country's training, border control, surveillance and recreational needs.
“Free Bird, the third aircraft ever produced in the world in light-sport aircraft (LSA) classification, is a two-seat light plane with a gross takeoff weight of 600 kilograms,” managing director of H.F. Dorna Company Yaghoub Entesari told ISNA on Monday.
He added that its full composite structure conforms to the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) technical standards and falls under the micro-light category under Iranian law.
Free Bird can fly to a range of 900 kilometers non-stop, and has a cruising altitude of 12,000 feet (3.65 kilometers). The aircraft also has a maximum airspeed in level flight of 250 km/h to 300 km/h.
Entesari also pointed out that Free Bird enjoys a good flight handling thanks to its shape, weight and avionics equipment. Its cockpit design also provides a good view and ample space for the pilot and co-pilot.
Established in Tehran in 1988, H.F. Dorna Company is a private company specializing in design and manufacture of light-sport aircraft.
The company has received the DOA (Design Organization Approval) Certificate from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), and Type Certificate (TC) from the Federal Aviation Administration.