The 2-seater Comco-Ikarus Sherpa II is an example for the simplicity and
suitability of the first generation micro-light aircraft. The
manufacturer of the Sherpa, Comco GmbH, was originally specialised in
the production of special machinery. In 1976, Comco began making hang
gliders, of which under the name Ikarus over 2000 were built. The
single-seat Sherpa I was the first motorised Ikarus micro-light aircraft
and entered serial production in 1982. The open two-seater Sherpa II is
constructed out of alu-tube covered with sailcloth. The nose of the
plane is made out of glassfibre composite. As powersource this Sherpa
uses a Rotax 462 UL CB engine.
On 15 August 1983, the Comco-Ikarus Sherpa I c/n 141282-1036 was registered as PH-1K8 in the Netherlands. On 13
April 1984, the registered type was changed into Comco Sherpa II. On 9 April 1989, Comco Sherpa II PH-1K8 was
involved in an accident: during a training the pilot of the Comco Sherpa II PH-1K8 wanted to make an emergency
landing and did not count on that Sky-Walker Sky-Walker 1+1 PH-1U9 restarted. At a height of about 5 meters
the devices hit each other and hit against the ground. The Skywalker pilot was lightly injured in the crash.
Comco Sherpa II PH-1K8 was repaired after the incident. On 17 February 2002, Comco-Ikarus Sherpa II PH-1K8
was seen at the MLA-aerodrome Stadskanaal in Vledderveen, the Netherlands. Since, the plane was withdrawn from
use and the airworthiness expired on 1 May 2002. Registration PH-1K8 was cancelled on 27 April 2005.