Flight Design GmbH, the German creator of one of the first and also the best-selling light sport aircraft to date, is selling the rights to the market-leading CT series, as well as the four-seat C4 in development, as it works to emerge from receivership. AeroJones Aviation, the Taiwan company that inked an agreement with Flight Design in early 2016 to manufacture the CTLS, will own the designs and be the exclusive manufacturer of both the CT series and the C4 that Flight Design began flight testing in 2015.
The deal, announced Nov. 2 by AeroJones, follows the German company Flight Design GmbH entering voluntary receivership in February.
“This facility will ensure the strictest safety standards and quality control set. AeroJones Americas looks forward to working with and renewing all dealer contracts and leading the way with new and innovative technology in the CTLS aircraft,” said Chris Benaiges, CEO of AeroJones Americas, in a news release.
Tom Peghiny, president of Flight Design USA who had previously assembled CT series aircraft in Woodstock, Connecticut, for the American market, said in a Nov. 2 email that AeroJones’ purchase of the tooling, design data, and production rights remains in process, and that Flight Design will continue to operate independently, under new ownership.
AeroJones Americas will take over support of existing CT owners and all new imports, Peghiny said.
AeroJones Americas will meanwhile have a display at the inauguration of a new event for the light sport world, the Deland Sport Aviation Showcase, Nov. 3 through 5 in Deland, Florida.