Greetings to an aviation enthusiast!
Your thoughts and your support of Airhero made it possible for us to be at AeroExpo UK 2018!
We have been working on the improvement of our Sluka airplane and the “Simply Flying System” that includes hangar tent, a car pulled trailer and aircraft.
Over 1000 people came in touch with us during these exciting few days at Wycombe where we also introduced our new partner Stigo bike company.
The electric folding bike made by Stigo can be with you while you fly and then take you from landing to the place of your desire in 20 km radius.
After a great time in Wycombe and the implementation of optimizations resulting from the first 3 hours of initial Flight Testing our “Sharky” Sluka goes back on the Flight line to verify the changes applied.
The already very good results are expected to further improve the flight characteristics and performance beyond that ever seen with the legacy Sluka.
After completing the second campaign of Flight Tests we are looking forward to the results and will then traverse into the endurance testing. It means we will be travelling around Europe. That will be great fun and we hope to see lots of Sluka friends on our tour.
We had visitors from UK. Alan, Leigh, Andy and Graham (from left to right) made their way to Airhero in Kbely.
What a great surprise that was when the doorbell rang and the four men appeared in front of us. They were warmly welcomed by Uli Dembinski (behind Leigh) our President and CEO who gave spontaneously a factory tour. What marvellous fun that was for the four.
Their appearance out of the blue boosted our already strong motivation to bolster this project forward even more. They find the idea of giving everybody “bird’s eye view” so great that they came to see us. This proves again the great acceptance of our Sluka by the customer and the idea to Fly 4 Fun as we have experienced it at the AeroExpo 2017 in Wycombe, UK.
We are sending a big thank you to Alan Mawman, Leigh Johnson, Andy McCoye and Graham Davies for their effort to come to see us in the “Sluka’s Roost”. You are real Airheros!
Andrey, Dušan, Petr, Gennadi and Uli are overwhelmed by the warm welcome of our “Sharky” Sluka. We had such a great response, that we will be very busy the next few days to process all the addresses and interests. More than 20 Airheros have a firm interest in buying a fast build kit.
Many confirmed that this is the way to give “access to the sky” for everyone. We had current and former Sluka owners visiting us and confirming the great looks and design of our little bird.
We are very encouraged and so thankful for the many who stopped by.
One of the biggest financial burdens in owning a plane is the storage of it. It usually incurs quite high hangar fees. In some places the fees reach 150€ per month making a 1.800€ bill for one year. Our Sluka LK-2H is equipped with a smart wing folding mechanism allowing you to slim down the footprint appropriate for road transport in no more then 10 minutes. That way you can either share one hangar spot amongst 3 of your Sluka friends or you can take the Sluka home on our dedicated Sluka Trailer and store it on the trailer in a Party Tent. Our trailer is minimalistic in design and comes as a kit, therefore very price-worthy. It is specified for a maximum weight of 450 kg. With the Sluka loaded there are more then 150 kg left to that limit so you can beef it up even to a closed Trailer.
In order to present the Sluka to the public, we bring our demonstrator plane to the AeroExpo UK 2017 in WYCOMBE AIR PARK.
We expect you “to look with your fingers” and ask “silly questions”. Our engineers and Uli Dembinski will be there to absorb all your inputs in order to flow as many ideas into the final design of the LK-2H.
This also serves the purpose to present the comprehensive set of update kits to the Sluka owner community.
In our endeavour to create the future – simple and for all – flying experience we have made a major step forward.
After obtaining the approval for flight-testing from the LAA on 9th of May our concept plane OK‑ZUU34 “Sharky” took off from Benešov Airfield on the 11th of May 2017 for the first time.
We are delighted by the results of the flight-testing so far and would like to express our deep appreciation for the contributions made by all our suppliers and supporters in this achievement.
What this accomplishes is the revival of the genuine Letov Sluka Design and the validation of the changes to the design and the applied technologies introduced making this famous aircraft coming back into the presence and the future.
Thanks to your support the Sluka will write aviation history for a second time by bringing fly-4-fun to the broad public. The Sluka will make flying really popular and thus enabling innovation and progress at the base category of airplanes stimulating the entire aviation industry.
We are looking forward to continuing our successful bond and thank all in advance for your loyalty in our strive to bring flying to everybody.
With the intention to give everyone a bird’s eye view the famous german acrobatic pilot Uli Dembinski created the brand Airhero in 2015 for the purpose to foster general aviation for everybody. Fly for Fun, Low cost of acquisition and operation as well as robustness and safety where paramount criteria for Dembinski on his search for an appropriate design.
The operational requirements are derived from the fact that more than two-thirds of all leisure flights take place
in good weather conditions,
with one person on board,
begin and end at the same airfield and
don’t last longer then one hour.
The Czech ultralight aircraft Sluka LK-2 designed and manufactured by Letov a.s. in the late eighties and early nineties is the perfect fit for leisure flying. Further appealed to Dembinski the concept of the airplane and the great potential of technological improvement. He bought one of these aircraft (OK-ZUU34) to evaluate the design and not much later he bought all intellectual property rights of the Sluka from the successor company of Letov a.s.
After getting the veteran designers of the Sluka, Jaroslav Kamarýt and Jan Šimůnek on board, the engine was changed from the original installation with the Rotax 447 and a two-bladed wooden propeller to a new installation with the Hirth F23 LW and a three-bladed ground adjustable composite propeller.
The weight and drag savings were notable in the performance of the so modified LK-2 aircraft.
Further uniting forces with some more of the legacy Sluka production personnel a modification program is started implementing the changes from the LK-2M to the LK-2H version which affects aerodynamics and performance on OK-ZUU34 our demonstrator and testbed called “Sharky”. After thorough testing and evaluation of the modifications, the changes will be rolled into the successor model LK-2H design which will be modelled in 3D SolidWorks and represented as a digital twin of the real plane.