Flight Design Gains Large American LSA Flight School

South Woodstock, CONN. / August 13, 2012 — Flight Design USA is very pleased to welcome a new flight school to its family, one with extensive experience in serving the light sport community.


During its six years of business, Chesapeake Sport Pilot (CSP), located at the Bay Bridge Airport in Stevensville, Maryland (W29), has grown to become one of the nation’s largest Light-Sport Aircraft flight schools. CSP offers many choices to their students but is exceedingly pleased to add a CTLS, and a very special one it is.

Chesapeake’s new CTLS is specially equipped with a hand control system that allows disabled flight students who would not normally be able to operate rudder pedals or toe brakes to comfortably operate the aircraft. The CTLS is owned by Joe D’Aguiar and has been placed on leaseback at CSP so that the hand control system can be used to good advantage.


About their newest flying machine Chief Flight Instructor Helen Woods said, “We are ecstatic about this plane that Mr. D’Aguiar has leased to us. It will allow us to branch into a whole new part of the aviation community by providing flight training opportunities to the many disabled veterans in the DC area and others who require hand controls to achieve their dream of flight.”

“Chesapeake Sport Pilot is an industry leader in Light-Sport Aircraft training,” said Flight Design USA President Tom Peghiny. “We are exceptionally pleased to bring Chesapeake Sport Pilot into our organization.” Flight Design USA has established locations across the country where students and pilots can find services, instruction, and sales (http://flightdesignusa.com/support/service-centers/).


CSP has 16 flight instructors, each averaging nearly 10,000 flight hours of experience. They offer Sport Pilot and Private Pilot training, Sport Pilot Instructor training, gyroplane add-on privileges, and will soon be offering LSA seaplane transition training. Demand exists for such specialized skills but they are not supplied by many flight schools. The ability to offer a specially-equipped CTLS allows disabled students to fulfill their dreams of flight allowing CSP to offer a highly-valued service to the community.


Beyond flight instruction, CSP is the mid-Atlantic leader in Light-Sport Aircraft, experimental amateur built aircraft, and Rotax maintenance. Lead mechanic, Jamie Shimer, is Rotax certified through heavy maintenance and has more than two decades of general aviation maintenance experience.


Flight Design GmbH 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 aircraft are flying around the world and after seven years, CT remains the top-selling LSA in the USA.


As the U.S. importer, Flight Design USA has assembled the largest service center network in the LSA industry. The company has also established a group of Flight Design Pilot Centers to assure quality professional services to students and experienced aviators.