July 31, 2013
By Thomas A. Horne
Flight Design, makers of the popular CT series of light sport airplanes, announced at EAA AirVenture that Garmin avionics will be the choice for its upcoming four-seat model C4 light aircraft.
Flight Design President and CEO Matthias Betsch said, “The ability to offer customers features like angle of attack, dual Air Data Heading Reference Systems and an autopilot module along with an integrated glass cockpit at a competitive price, makes the C4 an exceptional value.”
Carl Wolf, Garmin’s vice president of aviation sales and marketing, said Garmin looks forward to offering the C4 synthetic vision as well as an autopilot with a button that will restore the airplane to level flight with the touch of a single button.
A new, energy-absorbing cockpit is also being designed for the C4. Called the “safety box,” the C4 cabin will be “A major step forward compared to today’s design philosophy, where elements are considered on their own, but not in concert as an integrated system,” said Flight Design technical director Oliver Reinhardt.
Crash absorbers, improved seat restraints, and crashworthy cockpit ergonometric and interior design are all part of the technology designed to reduce occupant injuries. Testing is now being conducted using multiple partners and with funding by the German Ministry of Economics and Technology.
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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