Glider Factory in Jeżów Sudecki is a company founded in 1928. One of its
founders was was Edmund Schneider - the constructor of GRUNAU BABY glider. This
type of glider made gliding popular in the pre-war period all over the world.It
was cheap to produce and therefore more accessible for a large number of
potential buyers. After World War II when the borders of European countries had
been established, Grunau - nowadays Jeżów Sudecki, entered into the territory
of Poland. From 1945 to 2001 the Glider Factory was a state-owned enterprise
working for the Ministry of Transport; it was a subsidiary of Experimental and
Production Enterprise PDPSZ PZL - Bielsko. Throughout this period of
development the Factory had benn inseparably connected with gliding.
In Jeżów gliders such as Jeżyk, Salamandra, Zefir 2A and B, Pirat 30C entered into a serial production. An importanat place was taken by the Bocian glider, which had 612 copies produced alltogether including different versions.
In addition to the production the Factory also dealt with the service and repair of wooden and composite gliders. It is one of few companies in Poland which was granted approval by the German aviation authorities - LBA (Luftfahrt-Bundesamt - higher federal authority discharging tasks related to civil aviation) to service Polish designs registered in Germany.
In cooperation with and as ordered by WSK Świdnik metal parts for pilot's safety belts for PW-5 type of glider were manufactured.
After the bunkruptcy had been declared in 2001, the state-owned enterprise under the name of Experimental and Production Gliding Enterprise PZL - Bielsko Factory in Jeżów Sudecki was privatized.
Since then the factory has been called the Glider Factory "JEŻÓW" Henryk Mynarski. The Factory has assumed rights to 30 Type Certificates for gliders which at the time of privatization were not produced,
as well as the rights to manufacture pilot safety belts and SZD III release hooks.
The Glider Factory " JEŻÓW" is also certified to carry out special and main repairs as well as overhauls for the following types of gliders:
We will soon launch the production of PW-5 and PW-6U gliders, which we took over from PZL-Świdnik S.A. in 2005.
Jaskółka SZD-8 ter from 1959, finished in 2004 - (click
The above mentioned gliders were presented at the „Aero Friedrichshafen 2005” Fairs in 2005 in Germany.
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