June 28, 2013
By Dan Namowitz
Surveying the new arrivals on the ramp, a plane spotter challenges those gathered to point out the composite-built, glass-cockpit aircraft that represents significant technological strides for its series. Rule out any of the familiar old aluminum aircraft out there; rule out the light sport aircraft that landed last night—so which is it? Take another look at that LSA. It’s a Flight Design CTLSi, the new, fuel-efficient iteration of the CTLS series from Germany. The extra letter in CTLSi indicates that the aircraft uses a 912Si fuel injected Rotax engine.
Dan Namowitz is an aviation writer and flight instructor. He has been a pilot since 1985 and an instructor since 1990.
Light Sport Aircraft,
Time is running out for potential tailwheel pilots to bid on a package of tailwheel training at Lakeland, Florida-based Tailwheels Etc.—including two hours in a 1940 Stearman Kaydet biplane—in this year’s AOPA Foundation online auction.
Dassault Aviation on Dec. 17 rolled out the first of its new line of ultra-long-range business jets—the Falcon 8X.
Christmas will be a bit more festive for the 460 residents of Tangier Island, a remote fishing village on a tiny spit of land in the Chesapeake Bay, thanks to a group of general aviation pilots.
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