Flight Design MC

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MC
MC aircarft.jpg
Role Light-sport aircraft
National origin Germany
Manufacturer Flight Design
Introduction 2008
Status In production
Unit cost
US$99,998 (assembled, 2011)
Developed from Flight Design CTSW

The Flight Design MC (Metal Concept) is a German light-sport aircraft, designed and produced by Flight Design, introduced at AirVenture in 2008. The aircraft is supplied as a complete ready-to-fly-aircraft.[1][2][3]

Design and development[edit]

The MC design was based on the general shape of the CT series, but rendered in metal and with a strut-braced wing, in place of the CT series' composite construction and cantilever wing. The design goal was to provide a more robust design, primarily for flight school use. The resulting MC has a lower cruise speed as well as less payload and range than the comparable Flight Design CTLW.[1][2][3]

The MC was designed to comply with US light-sport aircraft rules. It features a strut-braced high-wing, a two-seats-in-side-by-side configuration enclosed cockpit, fixed tricycle landing gear and a single engine in tractor configuration.[1][2][4]

The MC's structure is totally different from the CT series. Aircraft fuselage is made from welded steel tubing forming a safety cage around the cockpit, with crumple zones built in. The wings and tail are predominantly aluminum sheet. Its 9.5 m (31.2 ft) has an area of 11.3 m2 (122 sq ft) and flaps. The landing gear legs are composite and are adapted from the CTLS. To simplify fuel management the wing fuel tanks all feed via a single lever fuel supply system. A ballistic parachute is standard equipment. Standard engines available are the 80 hp (60 kW) Rotax 912UL and the 100 hp (75 kW) Rotax 912ULS and Rotax 912iS four-stroke powerplants.[1][2]

Variants[edit]

MCi
Version with the Rotax 912iS 100 hp (75 kW) engine.[2]

Specifications (MC)[edit]

Flight Design MC in flight

Data from Bayerl[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: one passenger
  • Wingspan: 9.5 m (31 ft 2 in)
  • Wing area: 11.3 m2 (122 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 360 kg (794 lb)
  • Gross weight: 600 kg (1,323 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 100 litres (22 imp gal; 26 US gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 912UL four cylinder, liquid and air-cooled, four stroke aircraft engine, 60 kW (80 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 220 km/h (137 mph; 119 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 210 km/h (130 mph; 113 kn)
  • Stall speed: 65 km/h (40 mph; 35 kn)
  • Rate of climb: 5 m/s (980 ft/min)


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 51. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
  2. ^ a b c d e Tacke, Willi; Marino Boric; et al: World Directory of Light Aviation 2015-16, page 54. Flying Pages Europe SARL, 2015. ISSN 1368-485X
  3. ^ a b Grady, Mary (28 July 2008). "Flight Design Introduces Metal Version Of CT LSA". AVweb. Retrieved 18 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Experimental Aircraft Association (2012). "EAA's Listing of Special Light-Sport Aircraft". Retrieved 1 June 2012. 

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