"In November, 2011," Crow continued, "we flew a surveillance mission over the County Courthouse in downtown Tulsa in response to the national movement of Occupy Wall Street. We were operating below the tops of the 50-story buildings, orbiting within a city block area of the Courthouse." Because of the CTLE flight characteristics in a law enforcement configuration (low & slow), Crow's CTLE, which has been christened "Talking Bird" has twice been momentarily misidentified as a helicopter by Tulsa Departure Control at the Tulsa International Airport.
"The CTLE has opened new opportunities for Flight Design USA as public-use aircraft can accomplish commercial duties different from other LSA users," stated John Gilmore, National Sales Manager for Flight Design USA. Light-Sport Aircraft may be used for flight instruction or rental for hire but otherwise are not used in fee-generating activities.
FACTS ABOUT FLIGHT DESIGN GmbH
Flight Design is a 24-year-old manufacturer based in Germany. The company remains the worldwide Light-Sport Aircraft market leader thanks to its popular CT series of aircraft. More than 1,700 of these aircraft are flying in 39 countries. One of the first aircraft certified under ASTM International standards in 2005, the CT ("composite technology") remains the top-selling LSA in America through six consecutive years. Flight Design sold the first LSA to India and was the first LSA to earn Chinese Type Design Approval. Three times a CT has been flown around the world. In 2011, the German company unveiled its C4 four seat aircraft based on the CT technology.
FLIGHT DESIGN CONTACT: John Gilmore, national sales manager of Flight Design USA at 612-759-2252 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) or Flight Design USA in Connecticut at 860-963-7272