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The Flight Design CT series is a family of high-wing,
tricycle undercarriage, two seat, ultralight and light-sport
1.1 Regulatory categories
aircraft produced by Flight Design (Flightdesign Vertrieb) of Germany. The family includes the original
The aircraft can be flown under the microlight/ultralight
CT and the CT2K, CTSW, CTLS and the new MC
regulations of several countries as well as the USA
FAA Light-sport Aircraft rules, Canadian advanced ultralight[2] and the European EASA Permit to Fly rules.[1]


In December 2009 the CTLS was granted a type design
approval and a production certificate by the Civil Aviation
Administration of China,[4] and in 2015, a CTLS production plant was constructed in China.[5]

Design and development

2 Operational history
As of June 2012, there were 344 CTs registered in the
USA, 18 in Canada and 76 in the United Kingdom.[6][7][8]
One example was used by the Indian Air Force in a roundthe-world expedition.[9] Wing Commander Rahul Monga
started off on 1 June 2007 and finished the circumnavigation flight on 19 August 2007. The total flight time logged
was 247 hours.[10]
In 2010 the Air Volunteer Fire Department in Bomberos
de Cuenca, Ecuador took delivery of a CTLS for use as
an air support unit for fire fighting reconnaissance. The
All models in the series mount a 80 hp (60 kW) Rotax
aircraft is based at Mariscal La Mar airport, 8,300 feet
912UL or 100 hp (75 kW) Rotax 912ULS engine in
above sea level.[11]
tractor configuration.[1]
CTSW on display at RIAT 2007

The aircraft are of composite construction, with carbon
fiber being the primary material. This allows a very aerodynamic shape to the fuselage and very high useful loads
(almost equal to the weight of the aircraft itself).[2]

3 Variants

CT Composite Technology - original model, production
One reviewer of the CT2K writing COPA Flight in Occommenced in 1997.[2]
tober 2004 described the aircraft as “fast, comfortable,
roomy and very capable of long cross country flights for CT2K Improved second generation model introduced in
1999 for the year 2000 (2K) to comply with UK milittle money” and faulted the aircraft only for its difficulty
crolight regulations, BCAR Section S [2]
slowing down from its cruise speed of 130 knots to its
final approach speed of 50 knots, requiring careful planning to lose 80 knots between entering the circuit and sta- CTSW Short Wing version of the CT2K with a shorter
wingspan and redesigned wingtips, giving higher
bilizing the aircraft on final approach.[2]
cruise speeds while maintaining similar stall speeds.
Although the standard and required equipment varies by
country, the CTSW has a standard Ballistic Recovery CTLS Light Sport version, announced in 2008. It
Systems parachute for the airframe. The BRS can be used
improves on the CTSW in several areas, includto lower the entire aircraft to the ground in a controlled
ing a revised fuel system (improved fuel venting

[1] .000 higher than the CTLS[15] CTLS CTLE Law Enforcement model introduced in 2011 with stabilized camera mount underneath the wing for police surveillance aircraft use. has 50 lb (23 kg) less CT Supralight Model for the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale microlight category. Introduced in July 2008. This engine improves fuel consumption by 21%.[16] and standard-type fuel caps). weight and price US$20. a larger stabilator and a full-aircraft parachute all as standard equipment. It will be equipped with a turbocharged 115 hp (86 kW) Rotax 914 powerplant. but that MC Metal Concept is a CT-LS fabricated predominantly includes the new engine.2 CT2K 3 VARIANTS CTLS Lite CTSW CTHL for glider towing CTHL High Lift variant for glider towing and floatplane use.[17] the flight training market. the MC has a lower cockpit sill for easier entry. a 12% greater wing area. Introduced at the 100 hp (75 kW) Rotax 912ULS and the 115 hp Sun 'n Fun 2010. The standard engines CTLS-Lite CTLS with reduced features.800 higher price.5 kg (1. The model has a $12. The price is forecast to be US$14. with a gross useful load and 500 mi (805 km) less range. lower empty for this version are 80 hp (60 kW) Rotax 912UL.[1][13] weight of 472. a revised tailplane CTLSi Version of the CTLS introduced in 2012 and and upgraded landing gear as well as aerodynamic powered by a Rotax 912 iS engine of 115 hp (86 improvements.042 lb).[14] (86 kW) Rotax 914 four-stroke powerplants.000 lower. electric trim and a lithium from steel tubing and aluminium and intended for ion battery. announced at Sun 'n Fun 2010.[1][12] kW). is 5-7 knots slower than the LS.

Retrieved 18 June 2012. “Standard Equipment”. 4-stroke liquid/air-cooled engine. Retrieved 2009-12-03. [5] Grady. Aviation Publishing Group. Retrieved 8 December 2010.50 m (27 ft 11 in) • Height: 2. “Flight Design LSAs Approved In China”. “GINFO Search Results Summary”.). configuration and era • 3Xtrim 3X55 Trener • Evektor SportStar • Ikarus C42 • Pipistrel Alpha Trainer • Remos GX • Tecnam P2008 CTLS cockpit Data from Flight Design[18][19] • Tecnam P2004 Bravo 6 References General characteristics • Crew: 1 • Capacity: 1 passenger + 50 kg (110 lb) baggage • Length: 6. Retrieved 18 June 2012. “CTLS” (PDF). .15 m (7 ft 1 in) • Wing area: 9.266 km (787 mi. [8] Civil Aviation Authority (United Kingdom) (June 2012).323 lb) • Fuel capacity: 126 l (28 imp gal). Mary (July 2008). [7] Transport Canada (June 2012). Mary (April 2010). Retrieved 14 April 2010. 75 kW (101 hp) Performance [1] Bayerl. COPA Flight page C-1. Retrieved 18 June 2012. AvWeb. Canadian Owners and Pilots Association.Executed Itinerary [11] Grady. Martin Berkemeier.94 m2 (107.Flight Design CT2K – Flight report. ISSN 1368-485X [2] Hunt. Mary (7 April 2015). Retrieved 2 January 2011. Robby. 120 l (26 imp gal) usable • Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 912S 4-cylinder. Lancaster UK. “Flight Design Details New Model Features”.076 hp/lb (0. 112 kn) • Stall speed: 65 km/h (40 mph. Mary (April 2010). [15] Grady.d.22 m (20 ft 5 in) • Wingspan: 8. et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12. 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2015.000 ft) • Rate of climb: 4. avweb.3 4 Specifications (CTSW) 5 See also Aircraft of comparable role. page 50-51. “Flight Design Introduces Metal Version Of CT LSA”.572 m (15. [9] Indian Air Force Round the Globe Expedition • Maximum speed: 230 km/h (143 mph. Retrieved 2010-01-21. “Canadian Civil Aircraft Register”. 163 kn) • Range: 1. WDLA UK. 124 kn) • Cruising speed: 207 km/h (129 mph.042 lb) • Max takeoff weight: 600 kg (1.5 kg (1. Retrieved 14 April 2010. [12] Flight Design (December 2009). Adam: One of aviation’s best kept secrets . “Flight Design To Start Manufacturing In China”. 684 nmi) • Service ceiling: 4. Mary (December 2010). Retrieved 30 December 2010. [14] Grady. “LSA To Fight Fires In Ecuador”.9 m/s (960 ft/min) • Wing loading: 61 kg/m2 (12 lb/sq ft) • Power/mass: 0. “Flight Design Keeps On Designin'". Mary (December 2009). October 2004 [3] Flight Design (n.0 sq ft) • Empty weight: 318 kg (701 lb) • Gross weight: 472. 35 kn) • Never exceed speed: 301 km/h (187 mph. [13] Grady. “Make / Model Inquiry Results”. [6] Federal Aviation Administration (June 2012). [4] Grady.120 kW/kg) [10] Indian Air Force Round the Globe Expedition .com.

Retrieved 18 June 2012.). “CTSW” (PDF).). “Video: CTLE Light Sport Police Aircraft”.4 7 [16] Niles. “Flight Design Moving Forward With New Projects”. [17] Grady. AVWev.d.d. [19] Flight Design (n. Retrieved 28 March 2012. [18] Flight Design (n. Retrieved 16 February 2012. Mary (27 March 2012). Russ (25 January 2012). “Performance”. 7 External links • Official website • Pilot Operating Handbook EXTERNAL LINKS . Retrieved 18 June 2012. AVweb.

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