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FK-Lightplanes is a compound of two companies namely FK-Lightplanes Poland & FK-Lightplanes Germany (B&F Technik Vertriebs GmbH). The FK-Leichtflugzeuge FK-9 is a product of B&F Technik Vertriebs GmbH. Production of the airframes takes place in Krosno, Poland; assembly of the airframes and the final production of the aircraft in the factory in Speyer in Germany. Otto Funk (=FK) designed in 1959 on behalf of Heinkel in Speyer the complete metal glider Greif 1a (FK1). This was the start of a range of light aircraft. Otto Funk started in 1984 with the development of a light aircraft: the FK6. With this design the UL-market was entered. The break-through on this market was the introduction of the FK9 in 1989. The FK9 was a combined design of Otto and his son Peter. The 2-seat FK9 utilized the wing concept of the FK6. To build the FK9 Peter Funk founded in 1990 together with his partner Dirk Breitkreuz the company B&F Technik. Production of the FK9 Mk1 begun in the following year. About 40 MLA's of FK9 Mk 1 version were built until the airplane was re-designed and replaced in production in 1995 by the FK9 Mk 2 version. The FK9 Mk 2 version was further developed to achieve higher cruising speeds and a greater flight comfort. This FK9 Mk 3 version, a plane made entirely of composites entered production at the end of 1996. Although this machine still featured many of the Mk2 characteristics, the differences were nevertheless so significant that parallel production of both types proved necessary. In 2000 the FK Mk3 Utility a further development of the Mk3, designed specifically for professional duty, entered production. This version incorporates the fuselage and horizontal stabilizer of the Mk3, but has newly-designed wings and a higher payload factor.

In 2010, the FK Leichtfleugzeuge FK9 Mark IV was registered D-MLAX with Nordwest-Flug. The 2010-built aircraft was seen at Dankern near Haren in Emsland, Germany on 2 June 2013.

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