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. The plane was withdrawn from
use and the airworthiness expired on 1 May 2002. Registration PH-1K8 was cancelled on 27 April 2005.
Comco-Ikarus Sherpa II PH-1K8 was seen at the MLA-aerodrome Stadskanaal in Vledderveen, the Netherlands, on 17 February 2002.