FK Lightplanes is known to Americans for its foldable high wing, the FK9. Now the German company and its importer Hansen Air Group is offering their unique folding biplane, the FK12 Comet. Popular in Europe for years, the FK12 offers aerobatic flying capability… but only after the Lycoming O-233 engine is installed. Catch the details on this video.
robert schlegel says
Is this a plane that can be handled by a very low time pilot? I do not, repeat not, intend to do any aerobatics. I just want to enjoy flying around the patch or going on the not to long across country flight to Key West for the weekend. I see that the plane doesn’t have much space for luggage. Oh yes, I will be 74 in July and in general god health and this is at the top of my bucket list.
One thing. Can the hinged canopy be tinted against the sun. I live in Central Florida and the summer heat can be intense. Thank you,
Dan Johnson says
Hi Bob: For the mission you mentioned, I’m not sure if Fk12 Comet is your best choice. I loved flying this airplane and it is great for aerobatics. However, entry is a bit challenging, especially for less flexible pilots. This is true in the aft seat where you fly solo but moreso in the front seat. Yes, I believe the canopy can be tinted but I doubt enough to withstand Florida’s hot summer sun. However, you can fly it with a “summer windscreen” option (front and rear windscreens, not a canopy) that would let plenty of air flow through but noise would rise plus things in the cockpit might blow around. Instead, I would point you to the Fk9 that I find a more versatile airplane, one certainly better for you and a companion plus some luggage. It is a high wing so Sun ‘n Fun sheltering is part of the bargain. Get more info from the U.S. source, Hansen Air Group.