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D-MTAH FK-Lightplanes FK14 Polaris - MLA airfield Stadskanaal in Holland - 24 May 2008 Ultralight aeroplanes

The FK-Lightplanes FK-14 is a product of B&F Technik Vertriebs GmbH. By origin, production of the airframes took place in Krosno, Poland; assembly of the airframes and the final production of the aircraft in the factory in Speyer in Germany. In 2010, the structure of the company was changed and the tradingname was changed into FK-Lightplanes. FK-Lightplanes is a compound of two companies namely FK-Lightplanes Poland & FK-Lightplanes Germany (B&F Technik Vertriebs GmbH). FK-Lightplanes Poland is the head office and is responsible for the sales, marketing & production of the B&F designed FK aircraft range. FK-Lightplanes Germany (B&F Technik Vertriebs GmbH) handles product development, main engineering and certification of the aircraft, as well as after sales and customer service. The base of the company was laid by Otto Funk (=FK) who in 1959 designed on behalf of Heinkel in Speyer the complete metal glider Greif 1a (FK1). In 1984, Otto Funk started 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, a combined design of Otto and his son Peter. To build the FK9 Peter Funk and Dirk Breitkreuz founded the company B&F Technik in 1990. The FK14 Polaris is a combined design of Otto and his son Peter. Development of this high-performance cruiser started in 1997. Otto Funk developed the main wing structure with its special Fowler flap system in co-operation with the University of Stuttgart using its laminar wind tunnel. The rest of the air frame was designed by Peter Funk, whereby standard parts of the FK9 Mk3 were used as far as possible. The construction of the Polaris began in 1998 and the prototype of the FK14 was flown first in May 1999. The FK14 is constructed in a mix of aluminium and fibreglass composite materials. The cockpit area is built of a crash-resilient tubular steel frame. At the EAA AirVenture 2007, Cirrus Design Corporation, Duluth, Minnesota, US, launched the Cirrus SRS (or SR Sport) light sport aircraft (LSA). The SRS is based on the B&F FK14 Polaris. The FK14 B2 Polaris is the high-end comfort cruiser from FK-Lightplanes, and a new complete design from Peter Funk. The intension of the FK14 B2 Polaris design was to combine short-field take-off and landing with 250km/h cruise speed. A development of the composite construction FK14 Polaris, it now has a new wing with slotted flaps to improve low-speed performance. The finish is remarkable and the ailerons incorporate small spoilers to minimize adverse yaw. Nosewheel and taildrager versions and a 580kg LSA version are offered with 80 or 100hp engines.

FK-Lightplanes FK14 Polaris D-MTAH was photographed at the MLA airfield Stadskanaal in Vledderveen, the Netherlands, on 24 May 2008.

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