SZD-30 Pirat

PZL Bielsko SZD- In 30 "Pirate" is a single-seat multi-purpose glider that is primarily used for the training of pilots after the completion of training on a two-seat training glider. The high-wing is made of wood materials. The Pirate is one of the few types of gliders, with three-piece wing. The "Pirate" is suitable for all types of gliding including simple aerobatics.


The first flight took place on 19 May 1966. Designer was Jerzy Smielkiewicz. The following versions have been produced:

  • SZD -30 - first production version
  • SZD- 30C -. Third production version with redesigned cab and improved control characteristics, revised and modernized in 1978, the most striking change in the C version was the new canopy.

Even before the rudder of the basic version has been extended. Aircraft of the original version have been equipped on request with the larger rudder during the overhaul by the manufacturer. The pirate was the standard trainer of the GST in the 1980s. Both originally delivered to the GST - C "pirates" ( serial numbers P808 and P -809 ) no longer exist, it is in Germany no C- Pirate longer permitted.

The aircraft was exported to 24 countries, such as Argentina, Australia, Egypt, East Germany, DPRK, New Zealand, USA, USSR and Venezuela. The GST East Germany flew the "Pirate" both versions from 1967 in a quantity of 217 The abbreviation SZD ( Szybowcowy Zakad Doświadczalny ) means roughly Glider development work.


The aircraft is a complete wood construction. The structure consists of a central middle and on each side of a removable and with greater LABEL FOR dihedral wing tips. The ailerons and the " brakes " ( actually they are Störplatten ) are moved by arm, height, side and trim tab on cables. All control surfaces and the rear part of the wings are covered with fabric. The rigid and unsprung suspension is braked, the suspension spur is not retractable. The lever for the bad acting wheel brake is located on the control stick. Pressing from above by a Bowden cable with a plate on the wheel, the seat is adjustable. The rudder pedals can also be adjusted in flight ( brown cable ). The seat has a built-in " on-board toilet ." Behind the seat there are storage spaces. In the lower storage space is mostly dismantled oxygen bottle for flights of fancy and the battery for the one originally supplied as standard radio. The ventilation is very effective. In addition to the push-on side window, there is a supply of fresh air, the one to which is still under the original hood damper opens on the dashboard top, from which flows the ride air the pilot in the face.