Years ago, Frank Koinzer, an airline pilot and longtime aviator ( started flying at the age of 15 ), was looking for an aircraft to fly into the worlds most abandoned backcountry; areas like Alaska, South America, and Africa.. The specifications on the desired aircraft were quickly noted, JET fuel engine, STOL capabilities, reasonable cruise speed, and a spacious interior cabin.
There was no aircraft available on the market which met Frank’s demands in concept, flight characteristics, and quality. Eventually he started to design the aircraft he had always dreamed about. Quickly he was joined by two more aviation enthusiast’s, Jirka and Hans, two graduated aircraft engineers.
Frank’s requirement for design was to comply with FAR23 regulations, even though it is built as an
amateur homebuild. On top of that, Frank is addicted to making sophisticated details work, that were
easy to join together.
For example, the team had to build a wing, which was solely used for load testing. Together with the University of Prague, that wing was load tested up to 183% of the design load. One huge achievement was when the wing survived that test.
Hans, the “head of exterior and interior design”, started to create an outstanding cockpit layout
and paint scheme.
Many friends were following our project, and some of them were so fascinated that they decided to
in designing parts especially for us.
For example, a friend, who is running a company for ATV brake systems, custom built wheels and brakes for our project. These parts are as sophisticated and special as the whole project. They are machined out of one aluminum block and fitted with titanium brake caliper pistons.
Frank attended AIRVENTURE in 1999 for the first time, when he crossed the North Atlantic with his single engine Robin DR40/180 to fly into Oshkosh. All of his team and family supported him in his dream to return to Oshkosh 20 years later with his AIRCRAFT OF DREAMS.
HERE WE ARE !
Now we almost can’t believe what an extraordinary aircraft we have created. We are overwhelmed by the response from all sides, and we are eager to share that amazing flying machine with other backcountry flying enthusiasts.