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D-MLWG B&F Technik FK9 MK IV Utility c/n 09-04U-256 - Nordwest-Flug - MLA airfield Dankern near Haren (Ems) in Germany - 22 March 2015 more at Flugplatz Dankern

The FK-Leichtflugzeuge FK-9 is a product of B&F Technik Vertriebs GmbH, Speyer, Germany. 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, 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 II version. The FK9 MK II version was further developed to achieve higher cruising speeds and a greater flight comfort. This FK9 MK III version, a plane made entirely of composites entered production at the end of 1996. Although this machine still featured many of the MK II characteristics, the differences were nevertheless so significant that parallel production of both types proved necessary. In 2000 the FK9 MK III Utility a further development of the MK III, designed specifically for professional duty, entered production. This version incorporates the fuselage and horizontal stabilizer of the MK III, but has newly-designed wings and a higher payload factor. In 2004, the FK9 MK IV was introduced as a further development of the MK III and divers from the MK III by the cabin length; control stick; horizontal stabilizer and trim system.

The B&F Technik FK9 MK IV Utility c/n 09-04U-256 is registered D-MLWG and operated by Nordwest-Flug in Dankern.

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