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.
Swing the Wing! Fly 4 Fun! Be an Airhero!