Flight Design USA
Since the beginning of Light-Sport Aircraft in 2004, one company and one model series lead the sales charts for nearly every year. Flight Design's CT-series proved itself among pilots as the most popular model in the USA. Some 2,000 of this ever-evolving design are flying worldwide.
Using its inspired design, CT presents a unique shape featuring a protective "safety cell" cabin. Its smooth exterior finish allows the model to hit the LSA speed limit of 120 knots. Yet CT — now in its current CTLSi configuration — can also cruise with 75% power at a respectable 112 knots (129 mph) while sipping less than 4.0 gallons per hour from its large 34 gallon fuel tanks. That translates to a non-stop flight over 1,000 miles!
Learn more about F2 and the F-series from Flight Design in this article.
CT boasts a great glide angle yet it slows well for landings with full flap stalls at only 39 knots. Takeoff requires only 300 feet of ground roll and climb reaches 1,000 fpm. The new CTLSi has electric flaps (-6 to +40 degrees), three-axis trim, cabin heat, and more. Occupants have 49 inches of width; space in the cockpit for items needed in flight, and can each carry 55 pounds of luggage, easily accessed through dual exterior doors.
Loaded with extras that cost more on other designs, CTLS comes equipped with a BRS High-Speed 1350 emergency airframe parachute. Additionally, all CTLS or CTLSi aircraft come standard with dual Dynon or Garmin electronic flight info systems (EFIS) and engine monitoring system (EMS) screens. You can also order an autopilot and additional avionics to make long cross-country flights a breeze.
To better suit American pilots, Flight Design introduced the nose-to-tail-new CTLS that is sold fully loaded with only a few options available. The fuel-injected CTLSi came after Rotax released their 912iS engine. The company reorganized in 2016 and is now prepared for its next generation of success.
As proof of its design capabilities and manufacturing prowess, the German company has also designed and continues work on a four seat model called F4. No wonder CTLS remains one of the most desired aircraft in the LSA fleet.
"Flight Design general aviation" is the refreshed name for the German headquarters company producing one of the best-selling light aircraft in the world.
Phone: (860) 963-7272South Woodstock, CT 06267
Splog: What Do Russia and China Have to Do with Light-Sport Aircraft? Plenty!
Two wildly divergent events occurred in the last few days. They are completely unrelated yet they show the global interplay in modern light aviation.
Splog: Seeking a Higher Altitude — Flight Design’s F2 and Icon’s A5 Go for Certification
Rather loudly and persistently I beat the drum about “affordable aircraft,” but readers also enjoy learning about other aircraft.
Splog: Ready to Buy in 2022? What About Factory Support …or Mechanics?
The last airshow of 2021 is over. The Christmas holidays are beginning to dominate everyone’s calendar.
Splog: AirVenture Aftermath: Light Aircraft Sales Are Strong — FAA Listens but Major Problems Persist
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2021 is one for the history books. Initial reporting from the big member organization suggests 2021 was a return to normal attendance and exhibitors were not far behind.
Splog: AirVenture Day 3: Whoa! Major Course Change for FAA on MOSAIC; It’s All Great!
As you readers must know, I prefer to focus mainly on the airplanes, on light aircraft.
Splog: Newest SLSA in the Fleet: Flight Design’s F2 (also a Precursor to Mosaic?)
Taking a welcome break from FAA news, let’s check out our favorite topic: cool new airplanes.
Splog: Flight Design Introduces CTLS GT with Rotax 914 Turbo Power
Recently I interacted with a reader, someone considering a light aircraft for purchase.
Splog: Third Generation Flight Design — Flying the New F2 at Midwest LSA Expo 2020
➡️ Update 11/3/20 — A new video interview with Flight Design USA importer Tom Peghiny appears at the bottom of this article.
Splog: Midwest Light-Sport Aircraft Expo — What to See at 2020’s Last Airshow
I hope you can attend 2020’s Midwest LSA Expo — the last airshow in 2020.
Splog: Flight Design’s F2 Light-Sport Aircraft on Tour — Bringing the “Airshow” to the People
Although a mirror reflection of the greater global economy, many pilots are stunned that airshow after airshow has fallen to the virus.
Splog: Back to the Future… Let’s Go to Oshkosh (OK, from last year) for a Full Tour of Light Aircraft
It’s almost July and any active pilot knows what that means: Oshkosh!
Splog: Virtual Sun ‘n Fun 2020 — 5 Light Aircraft You Might Have Seen in Lakeland
While I continue to worry about the cash crunch faced by two of my favorite shows, I am still driven to provide content as if those shows had occurred this year and not been postponed to 2021.
Splog: Virtual Press Conference — Flight Design Has a Fresh News on CT2020, F2, & More
As everyone on the planet knows by now, aviation has nary an airshow in sight.
Splog: Flight Design’s “Secret Weapon” in the USA: Tom & Tom Gutmann and Airtime Aviation
How does one LSA brand rise and stay above others?
Many reasons can be introduced; all possibly valid.
Splog: Midwest LSA Expo — Decade 2, Day 1: Video Pilot Reports on CTSS, Shock Ultra, and Colt
What a great day to start off the Midwest LSA Expo!
Splog: Charging Back into the Lead — Flight Design ga’s F2 and F2e Light-Sport Aircraft (Gasoline or Electric)
Once upon a time in the then-new world of Light-Sport Aircraft Flight Design lead the pack for airplanes delivered and registered.
Splog: Light-Sport Aircraft and Sport Pilot Kit Market Shares in 2019
A funny thing happened on our way to quarterly reporting of LSA and Sport Pilot kit market shares.
Splog: Aero Friedrichshafen Day 1 Aircraft Highlights: Zlin Ultra 915, Flight Design F-Series, Belmont
Jetting straight from Sun ‘n Fun, we were able to arrive at Aero Friedrichshafen by noon on opening day.
Splog: AeroJones Unveils Their Six-Axis Full-Motion Flight Simulator for CTLS
At a major show in China called Zhuhai visitors saw something: a new 6-axis LSA flight simulator.
Splog: Twin Accomplishments for Flight Design and their CT series of Light-Sport Aircraft
As a new season of flying is upon us (even while northern pilots may still be still shoveling snow), one company continues their vigorous comeback.
Splog: Flight Design Update — Sales in USA and Round-the-World Flight
At the season ending DeLand Showcase show, Flight Design was ably represented by John Hurst.
Splog: Rotorvox C2A Gyroplane Lands in USA; Will Debut at Sun ‘n Fun 2018
Besides LSA seaplanes, one area of furious development (and sales) is gyroplanes, the term modern industry prefers to “gyrocopter,” which was actually a branded name used since the days of Igor Benson.
Splog: CTLS Flying High in Asia-Pacific as AeroJones Gains Full Approval
For most years of Light-Sport Aircraft one aircraft model convincingly lead the parade.
Splog: Light-Sport Aircraft Leader, Flight Design, Is Back on the Show Circuit
Two years ago, Flight Design was the number one producer of Light-Sport Aircraft in the USA backed by strong sales in other countries.
Splog: Vessel’s KLA-100 Wins Approval from South Korean Aviation Authorities
In December 2017, South Korea’s Vessel Co. won what was described as “safety certification” from the Transport Ministry for their new two-seat light aircraft called KLA-100.
Splog: Flying for You … Video Pilot Reports
Sometimes I am told I have the best job in the world.
Splog: Rotax iS Lane-Light Problems? HDX to the Rescue!
When Rotax moved their 912 iS Sport project from engineering to production, the big Austrian engine manufacturer elevated their already-immensely-popular 9-series engines to a higher level.
Splog: DeLand is Approaching… Video Deluge Brings Attention to Exhibitors You Will See
My video partner must be working around the clock as he prepared a blizzard of videos for release starting November 1st.
Splog: DeLand Showcase #2 Coming in Early November… What to See
Given a successful Midwest LSA Expo, you could say the “LSA show season” is underway.
Splog: Secret Success of Light-Sport Aircraft
A good friend in aviation journalism and Editor-in-Chief of Plane & Pilot magazine is Robert Goyer.
Splog: Update: Flight Design and its Popular CTLS Light-Sport Aircraft
After more than a year, a resolution was reached for the airplane that topped the charts in the LSA space since Day One.
Splog: Vessel of South Korea and Flight Design Offer KLA-100
Recently, Vessel Co., Ltd., and Flight Design made a joint announcement after debuting their new KLA-100 low-wing, light aircraft at Aero Friedrichshafen 2017.
Video review: Flight Design — CTLS (Illinois dealer-0414)
At the Midwest LSA Expo, we had a chance to speak with one of market leader Flight Design’s midwestern dealer, Tom Baker.
Video review: FlyCool Air Conditioning — in Flight Design CTLS
We’ve seen AMT’s FlyCool light weight, low power draw air conditioning system before in other Light-Sport Aircraft but it had not yet been done in the CTLS.
Video review: Flight Design — CTLS in Flight School Use
At Sebring 2013, we made the rounds speaking to sellers of various Light-Sport Aircraft.
Video review: Flight Design — CTLE (Law Enforcement)
Perhaps it’s to be expected that the leading seller of Light-Sport Aircraft in the USA has now entered the public service aviation market with their CTLE, the “LE” standing for Law Enforcement.
Video review: Flight Design — MC (2011)
Flight Design has lead the Light-Sport Aircraft market since Day One, selling variations of its all-carbon fiber CT series including the present-day CTLS.
Video review: Flight Design — CTLS Floatplane
If you’ve tried flying with floats (or in a boat-hulled aircraft) you already know the appeal.
Video review: Flight Design — CTLS
The leading seller of Light-Sport Aircraft is Flight Design and CTLS is their third-generation of the popular CT series.
Video review: Dynon Avionics — SkyView 10-inch
Dynon Avionics has arguably become the largest supplier of LSA avionics in the form of computer screen displays of engine monitoring and flight instruments.
Video review: 5 LSA Brands — High Wing Composite
At the Midwest LSA Expo 2010, we started something new using multiple aircraft and offering their differences and similarities.
Video review: Flight Design — CTsw
While Flight Design has released two newer models (the CTLS and all-metal MC), it was the CTsw that helped the German Flight Design company continue to be the market leader, even after four years and nearly 100 new models followed the CT series into the American market.
Splog: Pilots and Manufacturers… Help Rescuers Help You
HYPOTHETICAL SCENARIO — You crash landed your airplane at an airport.
Splog: Flight Design USA Forges Ahead with CTLSi
Breaking News … Recently Flight Design in Germany sent a letter to their dealers including this statement, “We have applied for a planned receivership which allows for reorganization of the company.” What does this mean?
Splog: First Flight of Flight Design’s Four Seat C4
Aero 2015 is open! The halls are full of shiny airplanes displayed with the usual European sense of style and panache.
Splog: Germany’s Top 10 Ultralights by Aerokurier
Much of what we hear and know about airplane populations is centered on America.
Splog: Crumple Zones Coming to Light Aircraft
For more than 100 years, cars have had accidents and if they were severe enough, the results were poor (photo).
Splog: Is This the “New GA?” … LSA Four Seaters
Something of a stealth invasion is beginning. I refer to an emerging flock of four seat Light-Sport Aircraft.
Splog: Flight Design Expands to Accommodate Growth
Since the beginning of Light-Sport Aircraft almost ten years ago — this summer at EAA AirVenture, the SP/LSA sector will celebrate its tenth anniversary with special functions — Flight Design has continuously led the fleet size statistics as seen in our market share charts.
Splog: Planes, Cars, & More at Festivals of Speed
Festivals of Speed is not your “everyman” show tour. Aimed at wealthy folks, Joe Sabatini’s FoS extravaganza is quite different than the usual airshow fare.
Splog: Summer’s Coming; Cool It, Fellow Pilots!
Across the northern U.S. states and across much of Europe it was a lousy, cold, snowy winter.
Splog: Pre-Sebring 2013 LSA News Wrap
Patty Wagstaff and LSA? This week brings the start of the Sebring U.S.
Splog: Stick Wigglers Versus Glass Panel Geeks
After flying more than 350 different aircraft models, I became rather adept at what some pilots call “stick wiggling.” The reference is for all the actions you take to physically fly the plane.
Splog: CTLSi, as in *sigh*
Yes, as the pics show, I did indeed take advantage of a rare, calm, beautiful, warm (for winter) day in New England to drive over to Tom Peghiny‘s Flight Design USA and take my first hop in a fuel-injected Rotax-powered LSA: the new CTLSi.
Splog: iLSA & CTLSi — Much More than Fuel Injection
The first iLSA are flying in the USA. Springboarding from Apple’s famous iDevices, why not iLSA?
Splog: Mid-November 2012 LSA News Wrap
Good to Go in China Things are happening in China. “So, what’s new,” you say?
Splog: Light-Sport Aircraft… at Home and Abroad
My European associate and friend, Jan Fridrich, coined a phrase a few years ago: “Global LSA,” he said, meaning the ASTM standards set could be used in any country and thereby create a worldwide market for recreational aircraft.
Splog: Flight School Dilemma… One Solution
Anyone who has tried to borrow money in the last five years knows how tough it has become.
Splog: CT to Offer BRS Parachutes as Standard in U.S.
Flight Design of Germany — in cooperation with U.S importer Flight Design USA — just signed an agreement with emergency parachute maker, BRS, to provide the 1350 LSA ballistic system on all CT aircraft sold in the USA.
Splog: Video Pilot Reports… Want More? We Deliver!
Video info and entertainment is burgeoning these days. YouTube has become one of most-visited Internet websites; you can watch videos on subjects of every conceivable description (plus many you could not have conceived).
Splog: More and More, LSA Are Going Global
Since the beginning of LSA time, way back in 2005 (when the first LSA was approved), LSA have arrived on American shores from overseas factories.
Splog: Legal Eagle — CTLS Eye in the Sky
Light-Sport Aircraft can be working aircraft (think: flight instruction and rental, each potentially a commercial activity) but read about this new twist.
Splog: Aero 2011: LSA Companies Grow… Expanding Into GA
Update 9/24/14 — Added to the models below, South Africa’s The Airplane Factory is also offering their four seat Sling 4.
Splog: Fire Fighting LSA
The LSA movement may have struggled along with the rest of civilian aviation over the last three years.
Splog: Big View Flying
The folks at the CT Flier Forum kick off their 4th Annual CT Fly-in this coming Oct.
Splog: New Flight Design Offerings — Summer 2010
Flight Design has maintained their substantial lead in market share partly through a strategy of steady innovation.
Splog: CT Hauls Ash
Here’s a hot item that should shake the dust off the notion that LSA are little toy airplanes.
Splog: The Mid-Year View
I had some fun today talking with Jim Sweeney, guest host of Roy Beisswenger’s Ultraflight Radio Show.
Splog: They’re Home! Twin Solo Round-the-World Flights
Two Swiss pilots embarked on a round-the-world flight on April 30 and 51 days later they are back home in Switzerland.
Splog: Twin Solo Round-the-World Flights Land in Miami
As they connect the dots of their plan to circumnavigate the world in celebration of 100 years of aviation in Switzerland, Yannick Bovier and Francisco Agullo have now spanned one immense body of water.
Splog: CT Circles the Planet… Again!… in Pairs!!
Way back near the dawn of Light-Sport Aircraft… in 2007, two Indian military pilots flew a CT around the world to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Indian Air Force.
Splog: Lower-Priced LSA Coming to Sun ‘n Fun
After a tough winter in most parts of the USA, spring evidently arrived early with 80-degree temperatures as far north as Minnesota… all before Sun ‘n Fun.
Splog: Sebring Day Two: Flight Design Update
I was lucky enough to get Matthias Betsch, Flight Design’s CEO, all to myself for a few minutes and here’s what he had to say: *** General update: “A hard year but better than we expected.
Splog: Flight Testing Light-Sport Aircraft; How It’s Done
Much has been written about Cessna’s Skycatcher incidents, those spin investigations that caused the loss of one airplane and a parachute deployment from another.
Splog: Flight Design Out West
I was out in L.A. last week and had the distinct pleasure to hop a flight out of Santa Monica Airport, an old haunt of mine, with Flight Design USA‘s California sales rep, Karine Noel.
Splog: Flight Design… “Has a Map for That”
If you study FAA’s registration database as I do, you’ll quickly discover that Flight Design and its various CT models have a strong presence in the USA (the world for that matter, with 1,500 flying, according to the company).
Splog: Changing Times…and Light-Sport Aircraft’s Future
Word of a few interesting developments arrived in my inbox, bringing with them new questions.
Pilot report: Redesigned Flight Design CTLS
All photos by EAA Chief Photographer, Jim Koepnick
This article appears on ByDanJohnson.com thanks to permission granted by EAA and the willingness of author, Ed Downs.
Pilot report: SLSA Service After the Sale
Most folks have probably never heard of ASTM International document F2295, Continued
Operational Safety Monitoring of a Light-Sport Aircraft.
Splog: LSA Attain New Plateau in Aviation World
Viewed from the LSA Mall, AirVenture 2009 was much more than the summer’s big celebration of flight.
Splog: New LSA Milestone; CT Delivers 300th
Sales are subdued all over aviation but it isn’t stopping the top performers in the Light-Sport Aircraft marketplace.
Splog: Strong Survive Tough Economy…Some Repositioning
We continue to see the effects of the last year of economic turmoil in Light-Sport Aircraft market shares.
Splog: Heart of Texas LSA Expo Judged a Success
Exhibitor Chris Regis of Paradise USA (representing the P-1) reported “good visitor traffic” and “excellent organization” from the people behind the Heart of Texas LSA Expo.
Splog: 2008 In Review; a Look at the Year for LSA Sales
With one month to go (and it’s hard to imagine a big December), we have figures to report for this most extraordinary year.
Splog: LAMA Pushing Hard to Provide Audit Oversight
These days, “oversight” is a heavily used word on national media.
Splog: Hanging with the Jet Crowd; LSA at NBAA
Earlier it appeared that the Flight Design MC would be the first Light-Sport Aircraft ever displayed at the giant National Business Aircraft Association show.
Splog: Light-Sport Aircraft Massing for Sun ‘n Fun
Lots more fun than a military build-up but bearing some resemblance, companies across the USA are preparing for Sun ‘n Fun starting Tuesday the 4th.
Splog: Flight Design Unveils Second New LSA in 2008
OSHKOSH UPDATE — At a ceremony on EAA AirVenture’s show-center location, AeroShell Square, Flight Design unveiled another new LSA, their second of 2008, the first being the CTLS which debuted at Sebring in January.
Splog: LSA Dominate $300,000 NASA Challenge 2008
Amid furious preparations for Oshkosh, CAFE Foundation, the efficiency folks, announced teams that will vie for a second year of prizes.
Splog: Aircraft Sales through April ’08 Reflect Economy
I can identify four factors in the economy presently affecting airplane sales: Potential customers (often with plenty of assets or creditworthiness) see the value of their stock portfolio going up and down like a roller coaster; worry over their once-soaring real estate, now down markedly in some areas; witness the continuing rise of the euro-dollar exchange rate, bringing much higher prices for many LSA; and, fret over a climate of political uncertainty during another election cycle.
Splog: Big Crowds at the Sun ‘n Fun LSA Mall
Sun ‘n Fun 2008 is history, but planning is already underway for the 2009 event.
Splog: High Priced Light-Sport Aircraft; What’s Going On?
Lots of folks are wondering about, or complaining about, the seemingly high prices of Light-Sport Aircraft.
Splog: Third Generation CT; Flight Design Announces LS
Flight Design leads the LSA flock maintaining a market share of more than 20% since the start of SLSA certifications almost three years ago.
Splog: AOPA’s Hartford Expo Has Generous Count of LSA
Most pilots know AOPA, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, has been fighting the user fee battle…and they’ve been doing well resisting the might of the U.S.
Splog: LAMA to Announce New Consumer Program
Odds are you’ve heard of LAMA, the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association, founded in the earliest days of ultralights and gaining renewed importance in this era of Light-Sport Aircraft.
Splog: Light Sport Airplanes West Officially Opens
Within 24 hours of getting home from Sun ‘n Fun, several industry leaders including Evektor America’s Jeff Conrad, Flight Design USA’s Tom Peghiny, Jabiru USA’s Ed Ricks, and BRS parachute’s Gregg Ellsworth packed up and headed off to California.
Splog: LAMA Audits of SLSA Continue; Board Expanded
In a year of facilitating independent audits for Special Light-Sport Aircraft, LAMA, the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association, completed reviews of six companies: IndUS (Thorpedo); Jihlavan (Kappa KP-5); Aeropro (EuroFox); Flight Design (CT); Czech Aircraft Works (SportCruiser, Mermaid, & Parrot); and Evektor (SportStar).
Splog: Come See LSA at AOPA’s 2007 Expo in Hartford
At Oshkosh I took the chance to speak with several general aviation leaders — CEOs of top general aviation companies and presidents of leading membership organizations.
Splog: Flight Design Delivers 200th CT in USA
Market leader Flight Design seems hot as a pistol and appears to be validating their plan to substantially increase production.
Splog: First LSA Flown Around World; Claims New Record
Many other airplane categories have tried round the world flights, but it’s now been done by a Light-Sport Aircraft.
Splog: LSA Euro-Factory Tour: Flight Design, Ukraine
The Czech Republic featured in the last few SPLOGs may not be well known to Americans, but Ukraine seems yet another world away.
Pilot report: CT 2006…Second Generation Light-Sport Aircraft
In the 15 months since the first two special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA) were introduced
at the Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Florida, a wave of S-LSA have taken to the
Splog: Special LSA Certificate Given by FAA
Sun ‘n Fun 2005 started off with a bang when Flightstar Sportplanes’ Tom Peghiny heard the Flight Design CT he imports was one of the first Special Light-Sport Aircraft to be given its airworthiness certificate.
Pilot report: Flight Design CT2K
A Bold Yet Efficient Euro-Designed Light-Sport Aircraft
Flightstar imports the CT2K in anticipation of the light-sport aircraft rule.
Pilot report: Composite Two-seater (CT)
In the fall of ’01, I wrote in Ultralight Flying!, “The CT is the tip of an iceberg, in my opinion.” When I flew that first CT in the USA, few Yankees had seen the aircraft.
Splog: Flight Design Surveys Sport Pilots; Offers Prizes
I hope you enjoyed your Labor Day holiday. Over this long weekend Randee and I headed to Boston for the EAA Sport Pilot Tour on Sept.
Pilot report: Fixed -Wing or Flex-Wing
This month I wrote a pilot’s report about two widely different aircraft, both of which are imported by Rollison Airplane Company.