July 29, 2014
By Dave Hirschman
he fighting in Ukraine has had no impact on Flight Design’s efforts to finish construction and begin flight testing the C4—a four-seat aircraft that is scheduled to fly for the first time in September.
“Our factory in Ukraine is located outside of the troubled region,” said Oliver Reinhardt, chief technical officer for Flight Design, a German firm with a production facility in Ukraine. “We’ve had no delays. Our travel has been unhindered. We’re following the situation closely because of our friends there, but there has been no negative impact on our aircraft program.”
Flight Design plans to certify the C4 in Europe and produce the airplanes in the United States, Europe, and Asia. The C4 will be powered by a 180-horsepower Continental engine.
A recently announced FAA delay in a long-anticipated rewrite of the Part 23 aircraft certification standards also won’t delay the C4, Reinhardt said.
“It will have no impact,” he said, because initial certification will take place in Europe and not the United States.
Flight Design plans to place a Garmin G3X Touch at the heart of its instrument panel, and it’s unclear whether such non-TSO avionics will be allowed under existing FAA rules.
The company’s price target for the C4 is $250,000.
In other Flight Design news, the company said a Korean firm has flown an unmanned version of its light sport CTLS.
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AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Dave Hirschman joined AOPA in 2008. He has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates. Dave flies vintage, historical, and Experimental airplanes and specializes in tailwheel and aerobatic instruction.
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