* LAK-19 description
* LAK-19 performance data
* LAK- flight reviews
* LAK company profile
* Back to LAK main page


The LAK-19 is a new generation of FAI standard class sailplane (wing span 15 m, with optional winglets and 18 m wing tip extensions), designed according to JAR-22 category "U" specifications. It is a mid-wing gilder without flaps, has a T-tail, retractable main landing gear and is capable of carrying 180 liters (47 gallons) water ballast.

The sailplane is made of hybrid composite materials (kevlar, carbon, and glass fiber). The wing spar is made of modern carbon rods Graphlite SM315 and has a double T section. The weight of each wing panel is about 55 kg. The airbrakes are situated in upper surfaces only. The wing airfoil is LAP 92-130/15 and it passes into the LAP 92-150/15 in the tip. For the technophiles among you who wish to read more about the revolutionary Graphlite carbon rods used in LAK-17A click here: *

The cockpit is of monocoque construction. The manually contoured seat pan and an adjustable seat back together with optimally arranged control elements offer notable comfort on long flights. The one-piece Plexiglass canopy hinges forward. On the left side there is a sliding window with additional ventilation. The instrument panel lifts up together with the canopy. The material which is used for the canopies of  LAK 19  has a UV permeability of 99%. That means, that only 1% of UV passes the glass.

The retractable landing gear has a 350xl35 tire and shock absorber. The mechanical main wheel disc brake is actuated by a handle on the control stick. The rudder pedals are adjustable in flight. All controls, including the water ballast system, hook up automatically. The tow release is mounted near the main landing gear and permits winch as well as aerotow take off. The wings incorporate fork-type spar roots joined with two pins.

The T-tail (fixed stabilizer with elevator) of the LAK-19 provides stable and responsive pitch characteristics. The elevator hooks up automatically during assembly. The glider is fitted with a fin ballast tank (capacity 8 liters) in order to adjust the optimum center of gravity position.The water ballast is filled in, and emptied out through the holes at the bottom of the wings. The antenna is mounted in the vertical fin.


Technical data LAK-19

Wing span 15 meter 18 meter   15 meter 18 meter
Wing area 9.06 m2
97.52 sqft
9.80 m2
105.51 sqft
Empty weight approx. 214 kg
472 lbs
220 kg
485 lbs
Wing aspect ratio 24.83 33 Max. gross weight 480 kg
1058 lbs
480 kg
1058 lbs
Fuselage length 6.53 m 6.53 m Max. wing loading 53 kg/m2
10.8 lbs/sqf
49 kg/m2
10.0 lbs/sqf
Height 1.29 m 1.29 m Min. wing loading 23.6 kg/m2
4.84 lbs/sqf
24.3 kg/m2
4.6 lbs/sqf


*) Limitations reflect certification in the standard airworthiness 'U' category per JAR-22, as listed in the flight manual. Proven design loads exceed the limits set by certification. 
Wing span 15 meter 18 meter   15 meter 18 meter
Max. calm air speed

Limit load factor *)
with airbrakes retracted
with airbrakes extended

275 km/h
148 knots

+ 4 / -1.5
+ 3.5 / 0

275 km/h
148 knots

+ 4 / -1.5
+ 3.5 / 0

Min. sink rate 0.53 m/s
104 fpm
0.49 m/s
96 fpm
Max. rough air speed

Limit load factor *)

205 km/h
110 knots

+ 5.3 / -2.65

205 km/h
110 knots

+ 5.3 / -2.65

Stall speed in level flight, without water ballast,  in 15 meter configuration

72 km/h 39 knots

      Best L/D without ballast at 95 km/h (51 knots) 46:1 49:1
      Best L/D with ballast at 115 km/h (62 knots) 47:1 50:1



More goodies . . .

* LAK PHOTOS (at SSA 2000)
* More LAK photos (at SSA 2001)
* LAK company profile
* LAK-17A flight review

Information Request to Blanik America:

Click here * to send us a request for additional information. If you have not contacted us before, please make sure to add your name, name of your club or school, your function there, address, phone and fax number. Please be specific about what information you need, so that we can best help you.

[ Home | Products & Services | Contents | News | Feedback ]

Copyright 1996 Blanik America, Inc.
Last modified: July 30. 2022