This year, on the 21st of December, the Polish Chinese Economic Forum was attended by the President of the Republic of Poland, Bronisław Komorowski, and the Deputy Prime Minister of China, Li Keqiang.
Zakłady Lotnicze Margański & Mysłowski S.A. (hereinafter ZL “M&M”, represented by Lech Głogowski), Canada - Poland Business Bridges Corporation, represented by Aleksander Wołosz), China International General Aviation Industry Group Limited (hereinafter “CIGA”) and China Aviation Pioneer Technology (Beijing) Limited, both companies represented by Mr Qu Tiecheng, participated in the ceremony of signing the Framework Agreement on the Strategic Partnership in General Aviation”, attended and witnessed by H.E. Bronisław Komorowski, President of the Republic of Poland. Details of the cooperation, including the sale of “Orka” aeroplanes on the Chinese market as well as joint venture, will be discussed by the Parties at the visit of the Investor to Bielsko-Biała in January 2012.
ZL M&M - together with DM BDM S.A., Polish financial investor - since obtaining the Certificate of the European Aviation Safety Certificate, necessary for the commencement of the serial production of certified aeroplanes and approval of the Company as a designing organisation (DOA), placed the main effort on the obtaining of an industry investor, who would contribute to ZL M&M the necessary added value and, first and foremost, enable the Polish Manufacturer to achieve the proper scale of operation. The future investor, which is very important, will also provide ZL M&M with the necessary financial assets for the launching of serial production as well as for the development of new products.
“Regardless of the weakening visible both on the Polish and foreign markets, we have managed to acquire a strategic investor, who has fully appreciated the achievements and professionalism of Polish constructors and the advantages of the Polish design - Orka aeroplane.” - emphasises Lech Głogowski, Member of the Supervisory Board of ZL M&M. “The framework Agreement that was already signed on the 21st of December 2011, constitutes a starting point for a multi-stage and many-years long cooperation of the Partners engaged in the process.
The first stage will be the serial production of “Orka” aeroplanes that will be launched in Poland and the establishing of service centres in different Chinese cities, and further on - expansion of the production line to the Provinces of Hainan in China” - emphasises Lech Głogowski. The Hainan Province is the only province in China that is currently introducing an open airspace at low altitude. Hainan Province possesses a unique, strategic position in terms of the development of general aviation and, moreover, the Region is a great world tourist attraction. This is the background against which the Polish and Chinese Partners have concluded the Agreement and signed it.
Polish investment and Polish construction potential
“Orka” also called the air limousine, is a four-person aeroplane for business, training and patrol flights. The maximal range of this two-engine high-wing monoplane is 1500 km. Except for the technical properties; the aeroplane is distinguished by its beautiful silhouette, comfort in use and the possibility to produce unique, individual orders. “Orka” is characterised by high technical quality,
enabling it to compete with other aeroplane of this sector successfully.
“Wile designing “Orka”, the designers of the aeroplane put great effort in the achievement of a unique, modern and dynamic line. It is the Polish construction potential, experience, knowledge and creativity - e.g. the propeller in the pushing system (i.e. placed on the rear part of the wings), providing great ease in boarding and disembarking, also while the engine is still operating, broad use and commercial application of the aeroplane - that met with the approval of the Chinese contractors.” - notes Edward Margański - constructor and originator of the aeroplane. “The distinction of “Orka” is also the fact that it may use non-hardened airports which significantly facilitates the organisation of flights and planning of landing in difficult conditions.”
ORKA – description of the aeroplane
New Polish, four-person, two-engine aeroplane manufactured by M&M in Bielsko-Biała. EM-11C ORKA is a small, fully composite aeroplane built as a high-wing monoplane with T control surfaces and three-wheeled retractable undercarriage with a front wheel. The aeroplane is powered by two piston engines mounted in the area of the flow edge, with propellers in a pushing system. The cabin has four seats, with no airtight sealing and possesses a separate luggage space.
A monoplane with a shell construction made of carbon composites. The undercarriage is specially designed to operate on grass surface airports. Double flying controls enable pilot training. The wing consists of a centre wing and two folded tips facilitating parking in hangars. Equipped with ailerons and regulated electric flaps on the flow edge. In the centre of the wing there two fuel tanks are placed - each of 200 litres capacity. Significantly glazed cabin of “Orka” is equipped with large door opening upwards, enabling easy boarding and disembarking. There is the possibility of installation of special equipment (night vision video cameras, photographic camera cassettes, etc.)
The power unit of the aeroplane are two engines mounted on the wings with mutually contra rotating crankshafts, driving the pushing propellers. The assumed arrangement increases comfort of the travellers (less noise and perfect field of vision) as well as the possibility of boarding and disembarking even with the power units still at work. The passenger cabin is equipped with four separate seats with inertial seat belts. The cabin is similar of style to the interior of a passenger aeroplane. The hatch of the luggage compartment is accessible through large luggage door on the left lateral side, is placed in the central part of the body and equipped with nets for the protection of the transported luggage. EM-11C Orka aeroplane in its standard version is adapted to VFR flights (Visual Flight Rules) – rules of conducting flights with ground in the field of vision during the day and at night - specified meteorological conditions. Currently, ZL M&M are conducting works intended to introduce additional equipment and enable the authorisation of the aeroplane for flights in IFR conditions (Instrumental Flight Rules) - which provides the possibility of flying according to instrument guided navigation.
EM-11C Orka aeroplane is adapted to use non-hardened airports, due to which the number of airports available for the aeroplane increases. This enables avoiding the necessity of onerous transport of the passengers to a distant airport with a hardened airstrip. Retractable undercarriage, apart from decreased aerodynamic resistance, enables a complete process of pilot training for multi-engine aeroplanes. Depending on the equipment, the aeroplane may possess multiple applications: from the luxurious, private air taxi for businessmen, through a training aeroplane, to patrol/identification missions (upon the mounting of special equipment) in customs services, road traffic supervision, police, fire services and other. Due to its attractive
price and high quality, it has a chance to become real competition for the foreign aeroplanes of this class.
“Orka” has received the Special Award of the Minister of Economic Affairs for the Best Product Designed by a Polish Designer and Manufactured by a Polish Manufacturer - Example of Year 2006. “Orka” has also been awarded the Good Choice Distinction 2006 for special design advantages in the category of “Work Zone”. In April 2011, “Orka” was granted the Certificate of the European Aviation Safety Agency, necessary for the initiation of serial production.
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