After many long conversations with a friend Eng. Jerzy Mularczyk discussing details of a new light sport design, we had an idea of building a replica of the RWD-6. This aircraft was a hallmark of Polish aviation, an aviation milestone whose legacy has lasted for a very long time. We could not pass the opportunity to fulfill a dream by providing our talent and knowledge to give Polish society an aircraft with such high historical value.
Since Eng. Mularczyk had already proven such an accomplishment is possible (see the chapter "What has been done"), we decided to make it happen. Mularczyk started to obtain data necessary to recreate the design of the aircraft. This task required a lot of patience and knowledge since none of the documentation survived the Nazis and the later Soviet occupation. A lot of aviation enthusiasts, engineers and historians offered their help. Among these people were Andrzej Glass (Ph.D. Eng) and Mr. Roman Postek.
While we met a few of our old friends, the response simply met our expectations.
Lech Jarzebinski, Ph.D, long time Analysis Group Manager at PZL "Warszawa-Okecie", agreed to provide his expertise and help during the aircraft design stage. Eng. Marian Jakoniuk agreed to provide his expertise during the manufacturing and certification process. Since RWD6 production also required a specific knowledge of wooden component technology, we recruited Mr. Wieslaw Plonka, whose work meets the aviation requirements. Mr. Plonka also made wing and tail surfaces for the RWD-5R aircraft.
The Foundation "RWD-6 Will Fly Again" (a non-profit organization) has been established under two simple rules:
- To design, build, certify and fly the RWD-6 aircraft.
- To pass the ownership of the aircraft to Museum of Polish Aviation in Cracow.
Most of us have worked at PZL "Warszawa-Okecie" in the design office, as well as the testing facility and production with various aircraft designs including aircrafts like the PZL-104 Wilga, PZL-106 Kruk, PZL-110 Koliber and the PZL-130 Orlik.