GP GLIDERS are designed and produced by PESZKE S.C. based in Krosno, Poland.
The Peszke (pronounced Pesh-kah) family have been involved in aviation and gliding for at least three generations. Jerzy Peszke (grandfather of the current MD) was one of Tomasz Kawa’s instructors. Tomasz’s son, Sebastian (multiple World Champion – including his 2017 WGC 13.5m win in a GP14 👍) is the company’s technical advisor, completing the circle!
The current company was founded in 2007 and is a producer of aviation products, including high performance propellers, light sport airplanes (since c.1990) and gliders. The company has substantial expertise in the use of composite technology and aero structure design. PESZKE S.C. is a participant in the Subcarpathian Aero Cluster and Krosnian Technology Incubator.
Lead designer Grzegorz Peszke is an experienced developer, constructor and competitor. He has set records in Radio Controlled Thermal Soaring in the F3B class. His son Jerzy Peszke serves as CEO/MD for the company. The company’s modern facility is located right by the Krosno airfield. PESZKE S.C. uses state-of-the-art equipment, including a CNC plotter, laser cutting and milling equipment, 3D printers, and a WATERJET water knife.
Being a relatively young company gives PESZKE S.C. the advantage of a flexibility not normally evident in the more established firms. For instance, in the 24 months or so since it’s inception, the undercarriage of the GP14 Velo was completely redesigned, a new motor incorporated following a partnership agreement with MGM Compro and the in house propeller changed from two blades to three to better suit that motor. More astonishingly, since the launch of the GP11 Pulse, the GP14SE Velo has not only flown but has now competed in two successive 13.5 Meter World Gliding Championships (winning the 2017 WGC on it’s first outing), and the GP15SE Jeta has been completed and flown quite successfully in the very first E-Glide competition. A self launching variant of the GP11 Pulse has now also been announced. Other manufacturers take 10 years or more to bring out new models.