Schleicher ASK 16

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Schleicher ASK 16
Schleicher AS-K16 Speyer-Edry 06.07R.jpg
Schleicher ASK 16 at Speyer-Edry airfield, Germany, in June 2007
Role Touring motor glider
National origin Germany
Manufacturer Alexander Schleicher GmbH & Co
Designer Rudolf Kaiser
First flight 2 February 1971
Introduction 1972
Status in service
Primary user club and private flyers
Number built 44

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.[1]

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.[2]

Production and operation[edit]

The prototype first flew on 2 February 1971 and a total of 44 aircraft were built for operation by clubs and private owners.[2] Most of the completed aircraft remained in active service in 2005, including examples flying in Germany, Ireland, Italy, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.


Scleicher ASK 16 showing arrangement of underwing retractable undercarriage and side-hinged canopy

Data from Simpson, 2001, p. 488

General characteristics



  1. ^ Simpson, 2001, p. 488
  2. ^ a b Simpson, 2001, p. 487
  3. ^ Taylor,1971, p.504.
  • Simpson, Rod (2001). Airlife's World Aircraft. Airlife Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-84037-115-3.
  • Taylor, J.W.R. (ed.) (1971). Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1971-72. London: Sampson Low. ISBN 0-354-00094-2.