Locksmith builds plane to get to work
ZDIKOV, CZECH REPUBLIC
FRANTISEK Hadrava thought driving to work for 14 minutes was too much so he came up with a plane to cut the travelling by half.
The 45-year old locksmith from the Czech village of Zdikov took about two years of his spare time to built his Vampira, an ultralight plane based on a United States design of light planes called Mini-Max.
It has an open cockpit, is propeller-powered by a three-cylinder engine made by Czech firm Verner, and boasts a maximum speed of 146kmh.
It cost about 3,700 euros (S$5,650) to build, he said.
He flies his usual path through the forested foothills of the Sumava mountains for his 6am shift at a factory making machine tools.
He lands on a meadow across the road from the factory. He then needs to push the plane across the road to a parking lot outside the factory.
"It takes me about 12 to 14 minutes by car," Mr Hadrava said. "By plane, it would take around 4-5 minutes if I flew directly, but I take a bit of a detour so that I don't disturb people early in the morning.
"So it takes about seven minutes."
Mr Hadrava has also built a replica of the German World War I triplane Fokker Dr.I.
His next plan is to construct another historical plane, the French Deperdussin.