South Woodstock, CONN. / April 10, 2012 - Following the Sun 'n Fun 2012 trade show, Flight Design was pleased to announce positive results exceeding previous events at the Lakeland Florida event, which concluded April 1st. One unexpected piece of information suggests a new avenue of growth for Light-Sport Aircraft.
"Sun 'n Fun 2012 proved an excellent event for Flight Design USA, importer of the best-selling line of Light-Sport Aircraft in America," observed John Gilmore, National Sales Manager for Flight Design USA. "Our distributors immediately saw the value of the new CTLSi model we offered and placed 15 orders for the upgraded aircraft at Sun 'n Fun." Beyond support from present dealers, Flight Design USA gained interest from several new dealer prospects, a positive change from recent years.
"Reception to the Rotax 912 iS fuel-injected engine on our specially configured CTLSi exceeded even our highest expectations," said Flight Design USA President Tom Peghiny. CTLSi is the company's newest model upgraded altered to take maximum advantage of the new powerplant. Refinements included a refined fuel system with a header tank in the fuselage to provide for pressurized fuel to the injection system; electric trim was added as standard (CTLS has long had three axis trim), as well as a new lighter weight but more powerful battery and stronger alternator. The new Rotax 912 iS also features redundant, dual injectors per cylinder. Owners of the new CTLSi will find sharply better fuel economy, increased torque, easier starting, and smoother operation. The elimination of the carburetors promises s maintenance plus carburetor icing is no longer a concern. The CTLSi is available for immediate order with first deliveries in mid-2012.
"In another most interesting announcement, we are pleased to state that 80% of our recent new aircraft customer sales were to new pilots rather than from the existing pilot community," Peghiny commented. While current pilots have made the company's aircraft the most popular LSA in America, officials find the emerging trend to freshly licensed pilots as a key development pointing to a new and growing market for LSA.
Following a strong Sebring LSA Expo and an even better Sun 'n Fun 2012, Flight Design is preparing for a very active show at AERO in Friedrichshafen, Germany to be held April 18-21. The company will unveil its first interior treatment for its C4 four seat design now in development. Flight Design will also announce achieving EASA Type Certification for their CT series of aircraft, which the company states is a major accomplishment in terms of future market and product development.
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 1,800 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 seven consecutive years. Flight Design's new XP Warranty adds significant value for owners and pairs with the best service center network in the LSA industry. 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.