Ka-8b Single Seater

1st of 2 Ka-8s we have.

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K8 in 2015. Photo by Stephen Kempf, Click to Enlarge

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Cameron in the K8 ready to solo. Photo by Stephen Kempf, Click to Enlarge

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Video of Cameron's first Ka-8 Solo by Stephen Kempf

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K8 on Final. Photo by Chris Ruf, Click to Enlarge

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Photo by Stephen Kempf, Click to Enlarge

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K8 in 2015. Photo by Stephen Kempf, Click to Enlarge

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Photo by Stephen Kempf, Click to Enlarge

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Photo by Stephen Kempf, Click to Enlarge

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Photo by Stephen Kempf, Click to Enlarge

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Photo by Stephen Kempf, Click to Enlarge


2006 Photo by Chris Ruf.


2006 Photo by Jeff DiNucci

2006 Photo by Jeff DiNucci


Photo by Chris Ruf.


1998 photos of Ka-8 show it in red before Allan Pargman refubished her in 2005. See more history like this on the K8 Old Paint page.
Photo by Chris Ruf.


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See some of the history of SES's Ka-8b on our Old Paint page. See also our 2nd Ka-8.

Flight Manual for Ka-8b & C from Alexander Schleicher GmbH


Unofficial Handbook - not all in English may still be useful.

K8 Disassembly & Trailer Instructions.pdf and .doc written for enclosed trailer holding K8 N221L but should have helpful hints for most K8s.

Schleicher Ka-8 on Wikipedia

Schleicher Ka-8

Unofficial data from Sailplane Directory

Specifications

  • Span 15.0 m./ 49.2 ft
  • Area 14.18 sq. m. / 153 sq.ft.
  • Aspect ratio 15.9
  • Airfoil Go 533/ 532
  • Empty weight 190 kg. / 418 lb.
  • Payload 120 kg. / 265 lb.
  • Gross weight 310 kg. / 683 lb.
  • Wing loading 21.81 kg. / sq. m. / 4.45 lb. / sq. ft.
  • Structure wood/ fabric wings and tail, steel-tube/ fabric fuselage
Performance
  • L/D max. 27 72 kph / 39 kt / 45 mph
  • Min. sink 0.64 m/s / 2.1 fps / 1.24 kt
  • 60 kph / 32 kt / 37 mph
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Other
  • Country of origin Germany
  • Designer Rudolph Kaiser
  • No. of seats 1
  • No. built over 1,100
  • No. in the U.S. 24

The Ka-8 was derived from the Ka-6 series as a simple single-place sailplane with dive brakes using construction techniques similar to the Ka-7, and simplified for amateur construction from kits. Emphasis was on rugged construction, good climbing ability in thermals and good handling characteristics. The orignal Ka-8 had a very small canopy. The Ka-8B, by far the most numerous variant, has a substantially larger canopy while the Ka-8C features a longer nose, larger main wheel located ahead to the center of gravity and deletion of the larger wooden nose skid resulting in a roomier cockpit. Karl Striedeck of the U.S. made a 767.0 km./ 476.6 miles ridge flight in a Ka-8B to win the world out and return in 1968. ATC

Unofficial Handbook - not all in English but may still be useful.

Dartmoor gliding club has some nice links also.

history of SES's Ka-8b on our Old Paint page

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Last modified 04-Nov-2017 by CR