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.
Flight Design has made the Rotax ASB explicitly applicable to all the Flight Design aircraft types
the following link is to the Flight Design Bulletin.
(Reminder: Continued airworthiness regulations require the owner / operator to check for applicable Notifications frequently, considering airframe and all installed equipment manufacturer information!).
As per our production documentation, none of the engines installed ex factory is affected by the Rotax ASB. With this, our Safety Alerts require mandatory inspection of the aircraft only, when the engine has been exchanged after delivery of the aircraft from the factory, as only this way an affected engine could have been installed to the aircraft.
The original publication of the Rotax documents is available using the following links:
ASB affecting the Type Certified engine versions:
Alert Service Bulletin ASB-912-062 R1 / ASB-914-044 R1, March 05, 2013
ASB affecting the Ultralight and ASTM standard compliant engine versions:
Alert Service Bulletin SB-912-062UL R1 / SI-914-044UL R1, March 05, 2013
The attached SA´s are divided in different files according to the certification basis affected. Please select the documents applicable for your certification basis.
We spent best care in generating these documents to ensure that the information presented is adequate and correct. However, mistakes can never be excluded 100% and individual situations might require adjusted measures. Therefore, in case of any doubt, missing information or if a possible misunderstanding is expected, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our technical team will provide you with fast and direct support.
Most light sport aircraft don’t travel very far from home. However the CT series from Flight Design have top allowed LSA speeds, seat comfort for all size pilots and scenic visibility all of which lead owners to fly on long cross countries as a matter of course. Even with the largest installed base of aircraft and a solid network of Service Centers, sometimes a landing at one of the USA’s 14,951 airports or even on one of the 5000 paved airports there may not be a mechanic available. Read the rest of this entry »
SB-ASTM-CTSW-10 Inspection of the Rescue System Rear Harness Connection.
Please note that this SB applies to CTsw from serial numbers 06-01-07 to 06-11-13 and the SB gives the owner the directions/instructions to make sure it has been complied with.
Flight Design issued a Mandatory Safety Alert (SA) on May 30,2012, based on information from the Rotax engine Alert Service Bulletin ASB-912-061UL.
The SA applies to the output ( pressure) side hose of the new style fuel pump. The problem surfaced on more recent, not all, fuel pump installs. No Flight Design aircraft shipped to the USA originally had the affected parts according to our records, but normal maintenance practices such as fuel pump replacement or engine overhaul may have changed to the new style fuel pump from the factory supplied parts.
We cannot be sure of the history of every aircraft. Therefore ALL aircraft must be inspected. Even if you know the history of the specific plane this SA requires action by you prior to the next flight.
You will see that all CTLS, CTsw, MC, CT2K are affected by the bulletin and as part of the responsibilities of the owner/operator of an ASTM compliant LSA the alert requires an inspection and engine logbook endorsement prior to the next flight.
The inspection may be done by the Owner and that inspection noted in the engine log book. However, this is a serious issue and it must be addressed as required in the Safety Alert (SA). It is not likely that you have one of the pumps.
The two pictures show the ‘old’ and the ‘new’.
If you have the old ‘gold dome’ pump the output pressure hose Service Alert does not apply and you only need to document the inspection and compliance with this Safety Alert in the engine logbook. No task specific training or mechanic rating is specifically required.
If you have the newer ‘made in Italy’ pump, you must check the serial number in the Rotax ASB and confirm that your pump is not affected. If it is you must comply in the manner specified in the SA and the Rotax ASB.
If you have any questions about this or it is not clear what steps you need to take you can call us at 860-963-7272
Tom Peghiny speaks to a full room at the Hartford / Springfield Professional Aviation Mechanics Association (PAMA) on regulations regarding LSA and certified mechanics.
FAA representative Pete Lindberg said “you really know the regulations” and commented on how well Flight Design USA is getting the information out to owners. Also in attendance were several Directors of Maintenance for major operators in the area and the Director of CT Aero Tech, the states premier school for aviation mechanic training.
Interest was high by the membership and several misconceptions were resolved during the Q & A that punctuated the presentation.
LSA Importer Continues Pattern of Superior Customer Service
SOUTH WOODSTOCK,CONN./ February 8, 2012 — As part of its on-going effort to provide the very best customer experience in light aviation, Flight Design is pleased to announce the appointment of Dave Armando as Director of Maintenance for Flight DesignUSA. TheConnecticutcompany is the national importer for Flight Design GmbH, designer and producer of the CT and MC series of Light-Sport Aircraft. The German company is also developing a new four seat aircraft designated C4.
Matthias Betsch, Dave Armando, Tom Peghiny
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Leading LSA Seller in U.S. Links Up with Major Texas Aviation Enterprise
SOUTH WOODSTOCK, CONN. / January 6, 2012 – Flight Design has appointed US Aviation of Denton, Texas to provide Factory Authorized service for the popular CT series of Light Sport aircraft. The Texas company has been a Rotax Service Center for several years and has more than 20 A&P mechanics on staff. Combined with its FAA 145 Repair Station, US Aviation is a major flight school with extensive contracts to train foreign flight students.
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This link takes you to a listing of Independent Rotax Mechanics who can help you keep your CT flying
Independent Rotax Repair
We also have a listing of our certified Flight Design Service Centers :
If you or your service center would like to be included as a Flight Design Service Center:
Please let me know by filling out the contact us button and describe the Service Center capabilities.
This SB affects ONLY aircraft that have tow bar interface installed and it must be implemented as defined in chapter 1.1.
Reason: The towing interface has been installed with hand towing in mind, as is appropriate for such a light aircraft. We have received reports that aircraft have been towed with vehicles, and the end stops of the nose wheel steering have not been considered properly. This lead to damages in the nose wheel stoppers. Read the rest of this entry »