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Zdarsky, Ivo
After being denied an exit visa, Zdarsky decided to take matters into his own hands and build his own plane; a hang glider with a 2-cylinder engine. In August of 1984, he set off at 3 a.m. and made his escape to Vienna where he requested political asylum.
Zdarsky was able to sell his plane to a German museum that housed escape vehicles. Afterwards he moved to Los Angeles where he started his own company, called Ivoprop, which produced propellers of his own design. Ivoprop Corporation, founded in 1984 by Ivo Zdarsky, is an American manufacturer of composite propellers for homebuilt and ultralight aircraft, as well as airboats. The company's headquarters are in Long Beach, California.
Zdarsky started the company after carving his own propeller for a homebuilt ultralight trike that he flew from Cold War Czechoslovakia, over the Iron Curtain to Vienna in 1984. Ivoprop has sold more than 20,000 propellers since then.
The company's propellers are built from carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer and feature a stainless steel leading edge.
In 1997 Zdarsky decided to move somewhere close to a runway where he could develop his design for an aircraft that could function as both helicopter and airplane. He came across 400 acres in the Utah desert and purchased it for just $99,000.

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