Czech Man Takes Plane He Built to Work Instead of Driving

Czech Man Takes Plane He Built to Work Instead of Driving

By: Daniel Steingold | August 29, 2016

A Czech man has been in the news because he takes a plane— one that he built, no less— to work instead of a car.

Frantisek Hadrava, a 45-year-old from the village of Zdikov, found he was able to cut his early morning commute to the factory where he works in half by flying.

By car, it took him 14 minutes. By plane, it only takes seven, although it would take even less if he didn’t take a detour. He takes the longer route to work because he wants to ensure that he doesn’t wake anyone up— his shift starts at 6 a.m.

The plane he built has an open cockpit, and hits a top speed of 91 miles an hour. It cost about $4,200 to build.

In case you’re wondering where he stores it, Hadrava lands the plane in a meadow nearby work, pushing it into a car lot, where it occupies four spaces.

Hadrava does this every day that he works, weather permitting. He throws on a white scarf and leather helmet for the ride.

Hadrava named the plane that he built and pilots “Vampira.” It took him two years of his spare time to build the aircraft.

By trade, Hadrava is a locksmith, and plans to tinker with additional planes in the future, with the hope of making them functional.

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