Number of locations
|Lars Joerges, Managing Director (2017)|
|Products||Light aircraft, hang gliders, paragliders|
|Divisions||Flight Design Ukraine|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|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|
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