FLIGHT DESIGN USA WEST COAST OPERATIONS

Flight Design West Serves Customers in Three Locations

South Woodstock, CONN. / October 21, 2014 — Flight Design USA has maintained the largest fleet Light-Sport Aircraft for the entire ten year history by always striving for the finest customer service in the sector. A clear reason for their success is a network of qualified dealers and distributors with a similar commitment. One of those is Flight Design West, an exhibitor at the 2014 Flying Aviation Expo.

            Flight Design West is led by president Kenny Scherado, the founder of Lone Mountain Aviation, a western company based at the Northwest property of the North Las Vegas Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition to Lone Mountain, Flight Design West also lists dealers as Sonoma Jet Center in Northern California and Copper City Aviation in Bisbee, Arizona.

            Supporting Flight Design West, Scherado’s Lone Mountain operation is an authorized service center for Cirrus, Cessna, Piper, and Mooney. They provide an avionics repair station and offer workshops for composite repair, sheet metal, plus general maintenance. The company is one of the few Certified Repair Stations in the country with a Class 1 Unlimited Composite Repair Rating. As Flight Design’s CTLSi and earlier models are built of 98% carbon fiber constructions Flight Design West makes good use of Lone Mountain’s expertise with such materials.  All operations are conducted under approval as FAA 145 Repair Station L9OR473Y.

            “We are very pleased to be supported in western United States by Flight Design West and their maintenance facilities at Lone Mountain Aviation,” said Tom Peghiny, president of Flight Design USA. “Kenny Scherado has been a great partner to us and brings long experience to the task.”

            An Air Force veteran, Scherado has more than 45 years of experience in general aviation and major airlines. Kenny is an A&P with Inspection Authorization, a Designated Airworthiness Representative for FAA, and an instrument rated private pilot. Scherado created Lone Mountain Aviation in 1982.

            “With 23,000 square feet of hangar space, sophisticated tooling, and continuous factory authorized training, our technicians are well equipped to provide superior quality service to customers,” said Scherado. “We promise to keep our customers flying by maintaining aircraft on their budget, reducing down time, and delivering a safe, reliable and quality product.”

            At the Flying Aviation Expo, Flight Design West is displaying their CTLSi for visitors to examine. The model is part of the CT series from Flight Design in Germany that has continuously remained the top-ranked Light-Sport Aircraft for more than ten years. CTLSi is a wide cabin Light-Sport Aircraft superbly equipped with an all-digital instrument panel, the fuel injected Rotax 912 iS engine, and a BRS airframe parachute system.

            FACTS ABOUT FLIGHT DESIGN

            Flight Design is a 25-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 of these aircraft are flying in 39 countries. One of the first aircraft certified under ASTM International standards in 2005, the CT (“composite technology”) remains the top-selling LSA in America through eight consecutive years. Flight Design sold the first LSA to India and was the first LSA to earn Chinese Type Design Approval. Three times a CT has been flown around the world. In 2011, the German company unveiled its C4 four seat aircraft based on the CT technology.

GERMANY GOVERNMENT FUNDED RESEARCH PROJECT ON CABIN SAFETY FOR LIGHT AIRCRAFT

 

Flight Design C4 Aircraft as First Target Application,
System Available to Other Airframe Manufacturers

 

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Friedrichshafen, GERMANY (AERO Fair)  / 10 April 2014 — With a project starting date in Summer 2013, the German Ministry of Economic Affairs has granted funding for a research project that aims at development of a modular “SafetyBox” cabin safety system for light aircraft. The new system will provide a safety cage around the occupants of an aircraft, whose functionality builds upon an integrated consideration of several elements, namely intelligently designed and located crash absorber elements, stiff cabin structure with dedicated load paths for the majority of crash scenarios, seat installation and restraint systems. This is significantly supported by crash-optimized ergonomic designs and enhanced fire protection concepts.

The concept goes significantly beyond current aircraft designs, where the certification requirements plainly ask for consideration of certain crash accelerations to the seat and restraint Read the rest of this entry »

Flight Design Globalization


Flight Design Supports Local Licence Productions for Asia-Pacific and America

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Aero Friedrichshafen, GERMANY / 10 April 2014 — For many years, Flight Design has continuously reached out to new markets to ensure global availability and support of Flight Design products. As the next logical step, Flight Design is now providing local production capacities for the major market segments. With this strategy, Flight Design significantly improves availability of the products, reducing production lead times and ensures continued affordable aircraft prices.

The first local production will serve the Asia-Pacific markets with the Flight Design products CTLS, MC and C4. For more than one year Flight Design has been training staff at the Xiamen, China, facility of AeroJones. The China based and Taiwanese owned company is linked through the owner of GSEO, a company producing optical lens systems for IT systems with a total of 20,000 employees. “Over the years, we have had contacts with many different interested parties, and spent a lot of time investigating the possibilities in China”, Matthias Betsch, CEO of Flight Design, says. “From the very first moment when we met with Mr. Jones Chen, we understood that GSEO is the ideal partner to set up a highly efficient aircraft production with highest quality.” Training and factory setup are highly advanced, first assembly of a China produced aircraft is expected in late Summer 2014. This first aircraft will be the basis to extend the existing production approvals of Flight Design to this location, leading to first customer deliveries with the beginning of 2015. “The CTLS is the first aircraft that has achieved Chinese Type Design approval as LSA aircraft,” Betsch continues.  “Adding local production will secure market leadership for this product also in this part of the world.”

The second step of going global is linked to the USA Importer of Flight Design Products, Tom Peghiny. As many key components of the upcoming four-seat aircraft “C4” of Flight Design are of US- origin, it was a natural step to develop the concept for a final assembly line of this new product in USA. With Flight Design Americas, Peghiny is setting up an all-new facility in Newport, Vermont, where airframes produced by Flight Design Germany within its Ukraine facility will be completed and directly delivered to customers in all countries of North and South America. “We are thrilled by the possibilities we get out of this arrangement”, Tom Peghiny comments. “Our very successful partnership with Flight Design on the LSA market over many years has developed such an efficient way of working together, that the establishment of Flight Design Americas was truly a logic step, that will add significant value to all customers on the American continents.” With Continental for the engines, Garmin for the Avionics, two of the key systems of the all-new aircraft are produced with USA and can be supplied much more efficiently to the new facility.

 

FACTS ABOUT FLIGHT DESIGN GmbH

Flight Design is a 26-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 of these aircraft are flying in 42 countries. One of the first aircraft certified under ASTM International standards in 2005, the CT (“composite technology”) remains the top-selling LSA in America and many other countries through many consecutive years. Flight Design sold the first LSA to India and was the first LSA to earn Chinese Type Design Approval. Three times a CT has been flown around the world. With the development of its C4 four seat aircraft based on the CT technology, Flight Design is consequently enhancing its product portfolio into the next larger segment.

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FLIGHT DESIGN C4 PROGRAM UPDATE

Flight Design Selects Avionic System for its 250.000 USD Four-Seat Aircraft
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Aero Friedrichshafen, GERMANY / 10 April 2014 – The Flight Design C4 program is continuously moving ahead and Flight Design is pleased to announce the last major component and supplier to be selected for the all-new four-seat aircraft. The Avionics suite for the 250.000 USD composite aircraft will be provided by Garmin, and is named the Flight Design Vision Touch by Garmin.
With the decision of Garmin, Flight Design confirms two major features that will help to make the C4 aircraft popular and successful. First, the newly developed system with two 10,6 inch brilliant glass displays of the new Garmin G3X |Touch” series offers unique state-of-the-art performance and outstanding utility to the pilots. Second, the decision to use a system that does not have a TSO approval on its own, but will be certified together with the airframe, allows for a significantly lower price point with much greater flexibility for future system enhancements and upgrades.
The C4 will debut several of the new possibilities that go along with the CS-23 / Part 23 rewrite, driven by the FAA and well on the way to adoption by all major Aviation Authorities. One of these possibilities is the use of alternatively approved avionics in such an aircraft when certifying the Avionics as part of the airframe. “Affordable new technology is the goal of the (FAA) Part 23 rewrite,” said Tom Peghiny, president of Flight Design USA. “That’s what we’re doing with the C4.
The use of non-TSO avionics raises the certification burden for the airframe manufacturer, but in the end saves a significant amount of cost while offering much more up-to-date technology.”
The Flight Design Vision Touch suite by Garmin provides two widescreens capable of synthetic vision, combined with a Garmin GTN 750 GPS-Nav-Com, Garmin GNC 255 Nav/Com, Garmin GMC 305 autopilot, and a Garmin GMA 350 audio panel. Primary flight information is enhanced by an independent RC Allen solid-state attitude indicator, directional gyro, as well as analog airspeed and altitude indication. 
The C4 development process is well under way with the continued production of the first flying prototype and the successful completion of the first series of structural load tests to support prototype operation. First flight is expected for summer this year, leading fast to the production of the first conforming prototypes to directly support certification. Certification is anticipated before middle of 2015.

Sun n Fun display

Flight Design plans include a full interior mock up of the C4 with the debut of a special Garmin avionics suite, the exterior mock up of the C4 and some exciting new Dynon equipment changes for the CTLSi.

We plan to conduct demos at the renovated and convenient Paradise City strip on site.

The Flight Design Booth is MD-27C located on the main manufacturers display at show central. Sun n Fun will be a solid start for an exciting year. The show runs from April 1-6 at KLAL

FLIGHT DESIGN EXPANDS TO KAMENZ, GERMANY

                                                                                                                                                                                                         Roomy New Facility Brings Together CTLS and Four Seat C4

Kamenz, GERMANY / 1 February 2014 — German Light-Sport Aircraft market leader Flight Design GmbH, also developer of larger aircraft like the four-seat C4, has expanded its operation to Kamenz, Germany and is now fully installed in spacious new quarters .

We are now occupying a big hangar plus a smaller structure used for pre-delivery flight testing. The new quarters are located at a former military base, 100 miles (160 km) south of Berlin with a 3,000 foot (1.000 m) paved runway,” noted Flight Design GmbH board member and company director, Christian Wenger. “We are able to use the large hangar to stage finished aircraft after routine production and flight testing is complete. Once approved by engineers, Light-Sport Aircraft and European Ultralight aircraft are prepared for shipment to dealers in other countries or for pick up by European dealers and customers.” Departments include work shops for avionics and engine installation, composite repairs and painting, plus final assembly after receiving major components from another division outside Germany. The Kamenz facility takes over all responsibilities of Flight Design’s former Stuttgart center to further streamline operations, optimize costs, and reduce complexity in the manufacturing and distribution of CTLS Light-Sport Aircraft.hangar-1-south-view-2-c

Inside the main building referred to as “Hangar 1” the company has ample office space for the EASA Part 21J Design Organization (including engineering and flight test) and EASA Part 21G Production Organization (including quality management staff and Production Management), for which approval is expected shortly. The upper floor on the northeast side is occupied by Finance & Administration, including meeting room and Directors office.hangar-1-north-view-c

“Activity is high,” Wenger continued. “We hired additional staff since late 2013 at our Kamenz location and we have added mechanics and technical personnel recently.” Wenger added that the larger facility and additional workers are helping to reduce back log as the company adjusts to higher demand following slower years during the global recession. The company had previously done flight testing at a smaller remote facility but has also moved this function to the larger airport facility.

“Presently we employ 18 people in Kamenz,” Wenger said, “with 10 of them working on aircraft completion and delivery. The German company continues to own and operate a large component fabrication facility in Ukraine, which is constantly monitored and supervised by leading Flight Design personnel, including the Directors.hangar-1-north-view-1-c

“Flight Design GmbH has been working diligently to increase production as orders rose throughout 2013,” noted Tom Peghiny president of Flight Design USA, the official representative for the German aircraft maker. “Company directors reduced staff and inventories during the economic downturn, but it now appears we have solidly turned the corner. We are pleased to note the new Kamenz facility has already increased efficiency and quality by a significant margin.”

FACTS ABOUT FLIGHT DESIGN GmbH

Flight Design is a 25-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 of these aircraft are flying in 39 countries. One of the first aircraft certified under ASTM International standards in 2005, the CT (“composite technology”) remains the top-selling LSA in America through eight consecutive years. Flight Design sold the first LSA to India and was the first LSA to earn Chinese Type Design Approval. Three times a CT has been flown around the world. In 2011, the German company unveiled its C4 four seat aircraft based on the CT technology.

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FLIGHT DESIGN USA CONTACT:  John Gilmore, national sales manager of Flight Design USA at 612-759-2252 (email: jgilmore@flightdesignusa.com) or Flight Design USA in Connecticut at 860-963-7272

 

PHOTOS — High resolution photos of all Flight Design aircraft and other images can be downloaded at: http://FlightDesignUSA.com/media

 

Service Alert SA SA-ASTM-CTLS-04 Rotax 912iS (CTLSi Aircraft)

Flight Design has issued a  Mandatory Safety Alert (SA) issued December 19, 2013.  For Fuel Injected CTLSi aircraft.

This Safety Alert requires you to determine, by reference to engine type – Rotax 912iS, if your aircraft has been affected. Detailed information is available on the Flight Design webpage: http://www.flightdesign.com/index.php?page=service, as contained in SA-ASTM-CTLS-04/ SA-LTUL-CTLS-04 documents. This Flight Design SA requires verification of ground wiring Lane A connection to regulator of Lane A prior to next flight. This verification may be done by the Owner / Operator. If your aircraft is not affected, this must be noted in the logbook that the SA is complied with by non-affectivity due to presence of non-conformance. For affected aircrafts, full compliance with SA-ASTM-CTLS-04/ SA-LTUL-CTLS-04 must be carried out and so noted in the logbook.

If you have a CTLSi and did not get an alert Email Please  go to our Contact us to be sure we have the correct email address.

Orlando Festivals of Speed

Flight Design will have a CTLSi at Orlando International airport MCO as part of the Festival of Speed. We will be flying it into the airport and will be located at the jetport of Galaxy Aviation at the Orlando International Airport.   Brian Boucher, Flight Design Dealer will be there if you stop by please give him a call at 716-860-7474.

This is the 7th Annual Festivals of Speed Orlando at
the Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
November 29 – December 1, 2013
This is an opportunity to see the plane at a location that normally would not have an LSA aircraft. There will be transportation from the Hotel to the jetport or you could stop by on your own.
Brian said that he can arrange a demo ride right from the jetport.

FLIGHT DESIGN AIRFRAME DONATED TO COLLEGE

November 25, 2013                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

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Midwest Distributor Works with Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College

South Woodstock, CONN. / November 25, 2013 — Stanton Sport Aviation, Inc., is  a regional  distributor for German aircraft manufacturer Flight Design. Located just southeast of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, Stanton is close to Wisconsin and recently worked with Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC) to provide students with a Light-Sport Aircraft airframe that uses modern materials.

Ronald Donner, AMTSociety Executive Director and Chief Editor for Aircraft Maintenance Technology (AMT) magazine; Tom Hudacek, WITC Composite Student; Tim Wright, WITC Composite Technology Instructor; Charlie Glazman, WITC Associate Dean of Continuing Education

“The donated Flight Design airframe was manufactured using the latest composite materials such as fiberglass and carbon graphite, which will give composite students hands-on experience working on a real aircraft,” said Ron Donner, AMTSociety Executive Director and Chief Editor for Aircraft Maintenance Technology magazine. Donner also volunteers on the board of directors for Stanton Sport Aviation, Inc. AMTSociety exists to support and promote the profession of aircraft maintenance and has many educational and training related initiatives to educate the next generation of aircraft maintainers.

“The unairworthy airplane was acquired by Stanton from a private owner for its engine, avionics, and various other components,” said Donner. “It was deregistered and will never fly again. For the last year, we had the bare fuselage and wings stored in one of our hangars.”

“This airplane is built using the same composite materials as many of today’s aircraft, making it an ideal training aid for WITC’s composite technology program,” said Tim Wright, the composite technology instructor at WITC in Superior, Wisconsin. “Students in the WITC program can learn composite repair techniques on real airplane parts.” Wright regularly contributes composite repair articles to Aircraft Maintenance Technology magazine and had discussed the subject of a training aid with Donner.

“It’s great for the college that Ron found a way to provide a useful tool which will give students a chance to work on and repair an aircraft that is comparable to composite aircraft out in the field,” said Randy Deli, Divisional Dean-Trade and Technical for WITC.

Donated Airframe

“We are happy to have one of our airplanes assist in the education of young people,” said Tom Peghiny, President of Flight Design USA. “Carbon fiber structures will be used more and more in advanced vehicles going forward and we are proud of Stanton for donating this airframe to WITC.” Flight Design has remained the market leader since the sector was created by FAA almost 10 years ago. Near 400 Flight Design LSA are flying around the United States alongside nearly 2,000 worldwide.

FACTS ABOUT FLIGHT DESIGN GmbH

Flight Design is a 25-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 of these aircraft are flying in 39 countries. One of the first aircraft certified under ASTM International standards in 2005, the CT (“composite technology”) remains the top-selling LSA in America through nine consecutive years. Flight Design sold the first LSA to India and was the first LSA to earn Chinese Type Design Approval. Three times a CT has been flown around the world. In 2011, the German company unveiled its C4 four seat aircraft based on the CT technology.

MORE JUBILEE EDITIONS ARRIVE

November 18, 2013

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Limited-Edition CTLSi Model Engages Light-Sport Customers

South Woodstock, CONN. / November 18, 2013 – When Jubilee was offered by German Light-Sport Aircraft producer Flight Design, they announced it would be a limited run. Jubilee Edition was endowed with distinctive set of options and special exterior graphics. Only 25 would be built to commemorate the company’s 25th anniversary. All 25 were sold shortly after the announcement.dscn1392_web

More of the early Jubilee Edition aircraft arrived at Flight Design USA, Flight Design’s representative and importer for North America. “We received additional factory-fresh CTLSi Jubilee Edition models at our Woodstock base,” said Tom Peghiny, President of Flight Design USA. “They are being assembled and inspected by our technical staff to prepare them for the first customer deliveries.”

“According to Dave Armando, our director of maintenance, both early arriving Jubilee Edition CTLSi exhibited an advanced state of manufacturing quality,” reported John Gilmore, National Sales Director for Flight Design USA. “Once the assembly and FAA acceptance process is complete they will be join the fleet of almost 400 CT variations in the field.” For eight years, the company has held its market leading position.

What’s next besides more Jubilee Edition aircraft? – Flight Design’s successful Jubilee program offered 25 specially configured CTLSi aircraft with distinctive paint and trim packages and all the most popular options. Those planes sold out rapidly and no more would be produced. With all Jubilee Edition aircraft taken by customers, demand lead to the introduction of an Americas Edition with a uniquely American special paint and accent package. Americas Edition aircraft are priced at $167,700. Each is superbly equipped with the newest digital instruments and features and all come with a full three-year warranty. Peghiny added. “We believe customers will find our Americas Edition aircraft to be highly appealing.”

FACTS ABOUT FLIGHT DESIGN GmbH

Flight Design is a 25-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 of these aircraft are flying in 39 countries. One of the first aircraft certified under ASTM International standards in 2005, the CT (“composite technology”) remains the top-selling LSA in America through eight consecutive years. Flight Design sold the first LSA to India and was the first LSA to earn Chinese Type Design Approval. Three times a CT has been flown around the world. In 2011, the German company unveiled its C4 four seat aircraft based on the CT technology.

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FLIGHT DESIGN USA CONTACT: John Gilmore, national sales manager of Flight Design USA at 612-759-2252 (email: jgilmore@flightdesignusa.com) or Flight Design USA in Connecticut at 860-963-7272

FLIGHT DESIGN PHOTOS – 18 high resolution photos of Jubilee Edition CTLSi can be downloaded at: http://FlightDesignUSA.com/media/?nggpage=2

The limited production Flight Design Jubliee Edition features special paint graphics and equipment.

 

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