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D-MXLF B&F Technik FK14B Polaris c/n 014-044 - MLA airfield Dankern near Haren (Ems) in Germany - 5 September 2004 more Ultralight aeroplanes

The FK-Leichtflugzeuge FK-14 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, a combined design of Otto and his son Peter. To build the FK9 Peter Funk and Dirk Breitkreuz founded in 1990 the company B&F Technik. 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.

On 4 September 2004, the 2004-built FK-Leichtflugzeuge FK14B Polaris D-MXLF arrived on delivery at Flugplatz Dankern near Haren (Ems) in Germany.

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