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Frequently Asked Questions on the Flight Design CT
1. Under which category can the Flight Design CT aircraft be flown?
2. When was Flight Design founded?
3. How long has the CT been in production?
4. Is the CT certified?
5. How long does it take to build a CT aircraft?
6. What are Composite Materials?
7. Are composites new or unproven in aviation?
8. Are composites expensive or difficult to repair?
9. Is it difficult to remove the wings?
10. What are the life limits of the CT airframe
11. Can I park a CT outside during high temperatures?
12. How does the CT cockpit compare to other aircraft?
13. Is the CT safe?
14. Why does the CT have a parachute system on the aircraft?
15. Is it possible to arrange a test flight on the CT?
16. What is the total cost of the CT aircraft?
17. What are the main differences between the CT and newly launched MC (Metal Concept) aircraft?

 

Links to equipment manufacturers on the CTLS & the CTSW Rotax Engines – http://www.rotax.com
Garmin GPS Systems – http://www.garmin.com
BRS Parachutes – http://www.brsparachutes.com
Dynon Avionics – http://www.dynonavionics.com
Neuform – http://www.neuform-propellers.com

 

 

 

Custom Parts for CTLS

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CTLS Cargopods – Click Here

Download User Manuals

User Manual for CTLS | User Manual for CTSW | User Manual for CW

 

 

 

 

 

 


Frequently Asked Questions

1. Under which category can the Flight Design CT aircraft be flown? | Back to top

Both the Flight Design MC and CT can be flown in the LSA category ( mauw 600 kgs Class) or the Microlight category ( mauw 544 kgs Class)

2. When was Flight Design founded? | Back to top
Flight Design CmbH, based in Echerdingen (Stuttgart), Germany, was founded in 1988. The founder has worked as a professional in aviation since 1980.

3. How long has the CT been in production? | Back to top
The CT has been in production since 1997. Since then, more than 1600 CT aircraft have been delivered to customers worldwide, of which 30 are flying in Australia.

4. Is the CT certified? | Back to top
The CT has been subjected to numerous static tests and complete flight-testing as part of the certification to major Airworthiness Standards, including:
Germany: BFU/LTF
USA: S-LSA – FAA
UK: BCAR Section S – CAA

ISO 9001 approval has also been obtained.

5. How long does it take to build a CT aircraft? | Back to top
Production time is approximately 8 to 10 weeks.

6. What are Composite Materials? | Back to top
Composite materials are engineering materials made from two or more components.
One component is usually a strong fibre, such as fibreglass (lowest strength), or Kevlar or carbon (highest strength). This fibre gives the material its tensile strength.
Another component (called matrix) is usually a resin such as polyester (lower quality) or epoxy (higher quality), that binds the fibres together, transferring load from broken fibers to unbroken ones, and between fibers that are not oriented along lines of tension.

7. Are composites new or unproven in aviation? | Back to top
Composite materials were first used on the Boeing 707 passenger jet aircraft in the 1950’s, where it comprised about 2% of the aircraft structure. By the 1960’s, composite materials became more available; in particular carbon, embedded in epoxy resins. Presently, composite materials are widely used in all aviation and aerospace projects, and also in the structures of new projects such as the Boeing Dreamliner and the Airbus 380.

8. Are composites expensive or difficult to repair? | Back to top
Composites have numerous advantages over metal materials, including strength, weight, and ease and durability of repair. Repairs to aircraft structures are controlled and should be carried out according to the Aircraft Structural Repair Manual (SRM). For other applications, the repaired components would normally be expected to meet the original specification and mechanical performance requirements.

9. Is it difficult to remove the wings? | Back to top
The wing spar is clamped by two main bolts, which are inside the cockpit. For ground transportation, the wings can be easily installed, and removed, by two persons.

10. What are the life limits of the CT airframe? | Back to top
At this time, a life limit has not been established. However, the first CT aircraft in production have now exceeded 5,000 flight hours.

11. I live in a very hot climate, and do not have hangar facilities in my area. Can I park a CT outside during high temperatures? | Back to top
Yes. With our standard white airframe finish, and mainly with all colour graphics, standard patterns (exception: patterns with black colours), you can park your CT outside during high temperatures. In order to prevent colour fading, and to reduce the influence of water, wind, and dust, etc., and for security reasons, you should protect your CT with an aircraft cover, or preferably keep it inside.

12. How does the CT cockpit compare to other aircraft? | Back to top
The ergonomically designed cockpit simplifies access to, and readability of the control panel on the left side. Large gull wing doors that open upwards, the comfortable and adjustable seats, easy storage access, and excellent visibility, make the CT cockpit far superior to other LSAs.

13. Is the CT safe? | Back to top
Safety is one of Flight Design’s main priorities. The carbon-aramid composite safety cabin, helps to protect you and your passenger. The engine mount and carbon fuselage attach points, reduce the possibility of engine intrusion into the cabin. Standard four-point harnesses together with crushable elements of the fuselage construction, absorb energy and reduce possible loads to the pilot and passenger. The strong windshield-uprights, and massive upper construction, complete the safety cabin. Fuel tanks are sensibly located in the wings, well away from the occupants.
For additional safety, the CT is fitted with an Aircraft Parachute Recovery System.

14. Why does the CT have a parachute system on the aircraft? | Back to top
Even though the CT structure is designed to enhance safety, Flight Design places the highest importance on saving lives. There should always be a secondary, or back-up system. Therefore, the CT Aircraft Parachute Recovery System is a standard fixture.
To find out more about the parachute system, please visit: www.brsparachutes.com

15. Is it possible to arrange a test flight on the CT? | Back to top
Please contact Sports Aircraft New Zealand or Sports Aircraft Australia to arrange a test flight.

16. What is the total cost of the CT aircraft? | Back to top
In coming to your purchase decision, undoubtedly you will be comparing the CT specifications, performance and price, with other light sport aircraft. The total price of the CT is available from Sports Aircraft New Zealand and Australia Prices are also listed on this website under: Pricing & Finance. However, do bear in mind that the CT comes fitted with equipment that is considered as standard in the CT, and is included in the overall pricing. That same equipment is non-standard in most other LSA’s, and would incur substantial additional costs. Therefore, please do not forget the old adage and “compare apples with apples”, when comparing the total cost of the CT, versus other LSA’s.

17. What are the main differences between the CT and newly launched MC (Metal Concept) | Back to top
The CT is constructed of composite materials. The MC (Metal Concept) is constructed using aluminium, steel and composites.