South Woodstock, CONN. / February 19, 2013 — Dealer and distributor outlets offering direct customer contact have advantages over factory-direct selling. Flight Design USA attracted one of the very best. Airtime Aviation excels at their mission doing so well that they recently notched their number 100 delivery of a Light-Sport Aircraft, an accomplishment no other American dealership can boast.
“Our number 100 Flight Design model, this one a new CTLSi, went to Rex Austin,” said Tom Gutmann, Jr., who operates Airtime Aviation with his father Tom Gutmann, Sr. “This is Rex’s second CTLS.”
“I have owned a 172 Cessna, a Piper Seneca, a Bellanca Viking, two Mooney models, two new Cirrus aircraft, and this is my second new Flight Design,” said Austin. He is an instrument rated Private Pilot with single & multi-engine credentials and has logged more than 2,600 hours in 30 years of flying. Austin buys hogs for packing companies for a living; he has also owned a trucking company and sold insurance and securities.
About the Flight Design models, Austin said, “I enjoy the low operating cost and large cabin. I played basketball in college and at 6 foot 6 inches tall, I value the large cabin. The Flight Design is the only aircraft I have ever owned that I didn't bump my head on the roof in rough air.” Austin reported that his wife likes the extra level of safety provided by the airframe parachute, which is standard equipment on all new Flight Design aircraft. Austin’s dedication to his wife of 43 years shows as he special ordered the N-number on his last four planes with their anniversary date or her name or maiden name in the initials.
“The long range tanks, autopilot, and glass cockpit make flying effortless,” said Austin. “Flying is now more fun than at any other time in my life. Airtime Aviation has been good to work with and arranged the sale of my 2009 CT and the purchase of my new aircraft. After three years of flying the 2009 aircraft I have been very impressed with the quality and low oil and fuel consumption. I have had back surgery and can move the aircraft in and out of the hanger without strain.”
“We are so pleased to be associated with Airtime Aviation since before Light-Sport Aircraft officially became a category defined by FAA,” said Mathias Betsch, CEO of Flight Design GmbH. “Airtime has been great to work with and are now like part of the family,” echoed Tom Peghiny, president of Flight Design USA, importer of the CT and MC line of LSA and the new C4 four seater in development.
Tom Gutmann Sr., began pursuing his interest in flying upon graduation from high school. He relocated from Dayton, Ohio in 1969 to Tulsa, Oklahoma to attend Spartan School of Aeronautics. After graduating he obtained his Private Pilot certificate followed by an instrument rating. He continued to own, operate, and maintain his own personal planes. In 1972 opened his first auto repair center in Tulsa and for the next three decades he open and successfully operated three more repair facilities. In 2001 Gutmann purchased the first Flight Design CT airplane in the U.S. “What started as a hobby soon turned into Airtime Aviation,” he reported. He enjoyed flying the plane so much and received so much positive feedback that he began distributing the plane in 2003, a year before the Light-Sport rule was announced.
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