April 20, 2012
By Thomas A. Horne
Flight Design announced at Aero Friedrichshafen that its CTLS light sport aircraft has earned a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) restricted type certificate ((R) TC) for its two-seat CTLS.
Flight Design’s John Doman, director of business development of global sales and marketing, said, “For European flight schools the certification will enable additional aircraft utilization leading to more revenue and value for their purchase of a Flight Design (R) TC aircraft.” The type-certificated version of the CTLS will be distributed under the variant name CTLS-ELA and is nearly identical to the CTLS-LSA marketed throughout the world.
Flight Design has been showing off an interior mockup of its upcoming four-seat C4, which will be certified under primary category rules in the United States. First impressions are that the cabin will be a roomy one. The EASA certification of the CTLS gives a boost to the C4’s certification efforts in the United States.
“This paves the way for U.S. certification because the C4 will have many of the same design features and systems of the CTLS,” a company official said. The C4, a $250,000, 155-knot airplane powered by a 180-horsepower Continental IO-360 engine will be certificated in 2013, with first deliveries shortly thereafter.
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne has worked at AOPA since the early 1980s. He began flying in 1975 and has an airline transport pilot and flight instructor certificates. He’s flown everything from ultralights to Gulfstreams and ferried numerous piston airplanes across the Atlantic.
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