PZL Krosno KR-03 Puchatek

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]

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

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]

Operational history edit

In 1993, a few examples were put into service with the Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC), totalling to three as of 2012. They are currently assigned to 2 Wing AAFC. They are still in service as of 2014.[5]

As of August 2011 there were 16 KR-03As registered in the United States with the Federal Aviation Administration[6] and in August 2022 there were 10 KR-03As registered.[7]

Variants edit

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

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d e Activate Media (2006). "KR-03A Puchatek PZL Krosno". Archived from the original on 29 August 2012. 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". Archived from the original on 20 April 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2011.
  5. ^ "PZLPUCHATEK". 6 May 2014. Retrieved 29 April 2020.
  6. ^ Federal Aviation Administration (August 2011). "Make / Model Inquiry Results". Retrieved 21 August 2011.
  7. ^ Federal Aviation Administration (August 2022). "Aircraft Inquiry". Retrieved 3 August 2022.

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