A crafty locksmith from the Czech Republic, tired of wasting 14 minutes every day to drive to work, find out a way to reduce his travel time by half through building of an airplane for himself so that he can fly to work.
Frantisek Hadrava, a 45 year old from the south-western Czech village of Zdikov, has to drive for 12-14 minutes every day for his 6 a.m. shift at Drevostroj, a small factory in the town of Ckyne, and it was too long for him. Therefore, based on the U.S.-design of Mini-Max planes, he spent last two years to build his own ultralight plane. Now, instead of driving his car, he flies to his workplace by getting into the open cockpit plane whenever the weather is suitable, thereby reaches his workplace in merely 7 minutes.
Hadrava explained Reuters:
“It takes me about 12-14 minutes by car. 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 7 minutes.”
You might be wondering where Frantisek parks his airplane when he gets to work. He lands on a meadow right across the road from the factory and then pushes the aircraft to a parking lot just outside his workplace. Pushing the aircraft is pretty easy as it is entirely made up of wood. About four car parking spaces is taken by this aircraft, however his co-workers do not have any problem with that so far.
This airplane has been named as Vampira and is powered by a 3-cylinder engine, has a fuel consumption of 6 litres of petrol per hour and can reach a top speed of 91 km/h. These are quite amazing specks for a home-made 175-kilogram propeller airplane that reportedly cost just 100,000 Czech Koruna ($4,150) to build.
Hadrava has also built a functional replica of the German World War One triplane Fokker Dr. I. According to him, he first fell in love with airplanes after watching a television documentary on old war planes when he was only ten years old.