The authors present the status of a compact infrared free-electron laser, driven by a 20 MeV, S-band linac with a photoinjector. The 60 cm long hybrid undulator has a 1.5 cm period and a field on axis of 7.3 kG. The FEL will operate at 10.6 mu m as a high-gain amplifier, to study the high-gain FEL regime including the effects of self amplified spontaneous emission, optical guiding and saturation. The linac is the prototype of the plane-wave transformer. TDA simulation of the FEL shows a gain length of 10 cm, and a saturation power of 50 MW. (18 References).