Flight Design

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Flight Design General Aviation GmbH
Limited company
IndustryAerospace
Founded1988
FounderMatthias Betsch
HeadquartersEisenach,
Number of locations
2
Key people
Lars Joerges, Managing Director (2017)
ProductsLight aircraft, hang gliders, paragliders
ParentLift Air
DivisionsFlight Design Ukraine[citation needed]
Websitewww.flightdesign.com

Flight Design General Aviation GmbH (formerly Flight Design GmbH) is a German aircraft design company and aircraft manufacturer, formerly based in Leinfelden-Echterdingen and Kamenz and now in Eisenach.[1]

History[edit]

The company started building hang gliders and paragliders in the 1980s, and ultralight aircraft 1993.[1]

The CT series first flew in March 1996 and was put into production in 1997. The aircraft line can be flown under Microlight/Ultralight regulations in many countries and under the Special Light-Sport Aircraft (SLSA) rules in the US and countries that use the ASTM standards for showing compliance. The original engineering and design work was performed in Germany, but production and all assembly of the aircraft was established in Kherson, Ukraine, to lower production costs.[2]

In February 2011, the company announced that it was developing a four-seat design to be designated C4.[3]

In February 2016, the company entered receivership, due to its high debt-load. Lawyer Knut Rebholz, a partner of the law firm Mönning & Partner, became the temporary administrator of the company.[4][5]

In April 2017, in collaboration with Vessel Co. of South Korea, the company introduced the new KLA-100 low-wing, light aircraft. AOPA editor Jim Moore noted that this had been done while the company was undergoing a financial crisis. However, by June 2018 the design was not listed on the company website as being in production.[6][7]

In July 2017, the Flight Design-Design organization, the production facility in Kherson, and all rights to the CT series (CTSW, CTLS, CTSL Supralight, CTLSi, CTLE) was acquired by Lift Air, a division of Lift Holding from Eisenach, Germany. The company has since moved to the Kindel Airport, near Eisenach where final inspection, test flights and engineering management are performed. Lars Joerges is the new managing director.[8]

Aircraft[edit]

Flight Design Aircraft
Model name First flight Number built Type
CTLS 2006 >1800 LSA long range cruiser, high wing microlight/sport aircraft, 2-seat
C4 2015 in development True 4-seat design
CTSL-Supralight 2013 Ultralight aircraft, high wing microlight/sport aircraft, 2-seat
MC 2008 Metal Concept, high wing microlight/sport aircraft, 2-seat
CTSW 2003 CT Short Wing, high wing microlight/sport aircraft,2-seat
CTLE 2010 CT Law Enforcement, high wing microlight/sport aircraft, 2-seat
CTHL 2010 Composite two seat, high wing microlight/sport aircraft
CT2K 1999 Composite Technology, high wing microlight/sport aircraft, 2-seat
KLA-100 2017 Low-wing, light aircraft, 2-seat
Axxess Single or two place rigid wing hang glider
Exxtacy Single place rigid wing hang glider
A4 paraglider
Stream paraglider
Boxtair paraglider
Twin two-place paraglider

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bertrand, Noel; Rene Coulon; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2003-04, pages 16, 44 & 140. Pagefast Ltd, Lancaster OK, 2003. ISSN 1368-485X
  2. ^ Hunt, Adam: One of aviation’s best kept secrets - Flight Design CT2K – Flight report, COPA Flight page C-1. Canadian Owners and Pilots Association, October 2004
  3. ^ Pew, Glenn (February 2011). "Flight Design's Four Seater". AvWeb. Retrieved 11 February 2011.
  4. ^ Flight Design. "Flight Design Filing For Receivership For Restructuring". flightdesign.com. Archived from the original on 6 October 2016. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  5. ^ AVweb. "Sport Aviation Showcase: AeroJones Expands Flight Design". avweb.com. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  6. ^ "www.aopa.org - news". May 4, 2017.
  7. ^ Flight Design (2017). "Products". www.flightdesign.com. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  8. ^ Grady, Mary (26 July 2017). "Flight Design Under New Ownership". AVweb. Retrieved 31 July 2017.

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