Schleicher ASK 16
The ASK 16 was designed by Rudolf Kaiser for production by Alexander Schleicher GmbH & Co of Furth, Germany. The aircraft is of welded tube, wood and fabric construction and has a low-set high-aspect-ratio wing.
Seating is side-by-side for two persons under a fully transparent side-hinged canopy. The standard powerplant is a 72 hp (54 kW) Limbach L1700 driving a Hoffman variable-pitch propeller.
The ASK 16 has a retractable tail-wheel undercarriage with the main units mounted under the wings and retracting inwards. It is fitted with dual controls to permit use in the primary training role.
Production and operation
The prototype first flew on 2 February 1971 and a total of 44 aircraft were built for operation by clubs and private owners. Most of the completed aircraft remained in active service in 2005, including examples flying in Germany, Ireland, Italy, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
Payload: 290 kg (630 lb)
Length: 7.34 m (24 ft 1 in)
Wingspan: 16.01 m (52 ft 6 in)
Height: 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in)
Wing area: 16.0 m² (205 ft²)
Empty weight: 460 kg (1012 lb)
Max. takeoff weight: 750 kg (1650 lb)
Powerplant: 1 × Limbach SL.1700.EBI piston engine, 54 kW (72 hp)
Maximum speed: 200 km/h (108 knots, 124 mph)
Cruise speed: 171 km/h (92 knots, 106 mph)
Range: 330 km (178 nmi, 205 mi)
Rate of climb: 2.5 m/s (492 ft/m)