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Largest LSA Distributor in the USA Airtime Aviation Hits 100 Deliveries.
South Woodstock, CONN. / February 19, 2013 – Dealer and distributor outlets offering direct customer contact have advantages over factory-direct selling. Flight Design USA attracted one of the very best. Airtime Aviation excels at their mission doing so well that they recently notched their number 100 delivery of a Light-Sport Aircraft, an accomplishment no other American dealership can boast.

“Our number 100 Flight Design model, this one a new CTLSi, went to Rex Austin,” said Tom Gutmann, Jr., who operates Airtime Aviation with his father Tom Gutmann, Sr. “This is Rex’s second CTLS.”

“I have owned a 172 Cessna, a Piper Seneca, a Bellanca Viking, two Mooney models, two new Cirrus aircraft, and this is my second new Flight Design,” said Austin. He is an instrument rated Private Pilot with single & multi-engine credentials and has logged more than 2,600 hours in 30 years of flying. Austin buys hogs for packing companies for a living; he has also owned a trucking company and sold insurance and securities.
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About the Flight Design models, Austin said, “I enjoy the low operating cost and large cabin. I played basketball in college and at 6 foot 6 inches tall, I value the large cabin. The Flight Design is the only aircraft I have ever owned that I didn’t bump my head on the roof in rough air.” Austin reported that his wife likes the extra level of safety provided by the airframe parachute, which is standard equipment on all new Flight Design aircraft. Austin’s dedication to his wife of 43 years shows as he special ordered the N-number on his last four planes with their anniversary date or her name or maiden name in the initials.

“The long range tanks, autopilot, and glass cockpit make flying effortless,” said Austin. “Flying is now more fun than at any other time in my life. Airtime Aviation has been good to work with and arranged the sale of my 2009 CT and the purchase of my new aircraft. After three years of flying the 2009 aircraft I have been very impressed with the quality and low oil and fuel consumption. I have had back surgery and can move the aircraft in and out of the hanger without strain.”

“We are so pleased to be associated with Airtime Aviation since before Light-Sport Aircraft officially became a category defined by FAA,” said Mathias Betsch, CEO of Flight Design GmbH. “Airtime has been great to work with and are now like part of the family,” echoed Tom Peghiny, president of Flight Design USA, importer of the CT and MC line of LSA and the new C4 four seater in development.

Tom Gutmann Sr., began pursuing his interest in flying upon graduation from high school. He relocated from Dayton, Ohio in 1969 to Tulsa, Oklahoma to attend Spartan School of Aeronautics. After graduating he obtained his Private Pilot certificate followed by an instrument rating. He continued to own, operate, and maintain his own personal planes. In 1972 opened his first auto repair center in Tulsa and for the next three decades he open and successfully operated three more repair facilities. In 2001 Gutmann purchased the first Flight Design CT airplane in the U.S. “What started as a hobby soon turned into Airtime Aviation,” he reported. He enjoyed flying the plane so much and received so much positive feedback that he began distributing the plane in 2003, a year before the Light-Sport rule was announced.

Shortly after forming the new enterprise, Tom Gutmann Jr., joined Airtime Aviation. Together, they have served as president and vice president of the Ultra Sport Flyers organization, the local EAA Chapter 10, and have been instrumental in promoting the Tulsa Fly-In.

“We were the first to earn FAA acceptance for a Light-Sport CTsw in 2005 and the first in 2011 to win approval for the CTLS Floatplane,” added Tom Gutmann Jr. “Airtime Aviation has consistently been the number one selling Flight Design distributor in the USA.” Authorized by Flight Design as a Master Service Center, Airtime Aviation plans to provide professional service for years to come.

“Tom Gutmann Sr., and Jr., and their Airtime Aviation distributorship have been top notch associates of our company since the beginning of Light-Sport,” said Flight Design USA President Tom Peghiny. “Their performance in sales and service is unparalleled in light aviation and has helped Flight Design remain the leading seller of LSA since the start of the segment.”

FLIGHT DESIGN EMBRACES ADS-B First Installation of Weather/Traffic Device

FAA’s Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast service (widely abbreviated as ADS-B) brings significant values for those aircraft that install new equipment. LSA market leader Flight Design recently completed the first installation of this in one of its brand-new CTLSi models, which are powered by the fuel injected Rotax 912 iS engine. The newly equipped aircraft made its debut at the 2013 U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring Florida.

“We were pleased to work with one of our newest dealers to add new ADB-S equipment into our CTLSi,” said Flight Design CEO Matthias Betsch. “Brian Boucher’s Florida Light-Sport Aviation company based at the Spruce Creek Fly-in near Daytona Beach, Florida has the first of what is sure to be many such installations.”

ADS-B equipment for the installation is built by Dynon Avionics, a Flight Design supply partner that also builds the SkyView digital avionics suite used in the CTLSi models. A separate hardware module was added behind the 10-inch screen and connected to an antenna on the belly of the aircraft.

An ADS-B equipped aircraft like CTLSi uses an ordinary GPS receiver to determine a precise position from GPS satellites and then combines that position with other aircraft information such as speed, heading, and altitude. This information is broadcast to other ADS-B capable aircraft and to ADS-B ground, or satellite communications transceivers which then relay the aircraft’s position and additional information to Air Traffic Control centers in real time. It is seen as the “next generation” of air traffic control and gives this information directly to pilots in addition to controllers.

Dynon Avionics said, “The new SV-ADSB-470 unit offers subscription-free weather displayed on SkyView, including NEXRAD radar, METARs and TAFS. Airport weather data can be displayed for nearest airports or for a specific airport identifier.” Dynon added, “ADS-B receives TIS-B traffic information with precise location, altitude, speed, and direction from broadcast from other ADS-B equipped aircraft along with data broadcast from ADS-B ground stations, presuming the aircraft is equipped with the correct transponder.” Additionally TFRs can be shown even though these are temporarily restricted areas.

“We were pleased to show a CTLSi equipped with ADS-Dynon’s new unit at the Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo 2013,” said Flight Design USA president Tom Peghiny. “We highlighted this equipment in our exhibit at the event and had staff and dealers to explain the value in this new equipment. Both our new Florida dealerships will also be represented at the Sun ‘n Fun show in April along with dealers from around the country.”

FACTS ABOUT FLIGHT DESIGN GmbH

Flight Design is a 24-year-old manufacturer based in Germany. The company remains the worldwide Light-Sport Aircraft market leader thanks to its popular CT series of aircraft. More than 1,700 of these aircraft are flying in 39 countries. One of the first aircraft certified under ASTM International standards in 2005, the CT (“composite technology”) remains the top-selling LSA in America through six consecutive years. Flight Design sold the first LSA to India and was the first LSA to earn Chinese Type Design Approval. Three times a CT has been flown around the world. In 2011, the German company unveiled its C4 four seat aircraft based on the CT technology.

FLIGHT DESIGN CELEBRATES 25 YEARS

Leinfelden-Echterdingen, GERMANY / 14 November 2012 – The U.S. Light-Sport Aircraft sector is just eight years old and the first FAA-accepted aircraft began arriving in 2005 and Flight Design GmbH has been involved with aircraft development and manufacturing aircraft for 25 years. To mark this celebration milestone, the company is offering a special “Jubilee” series of their models with unique features and value pricing.

This will be a global celebration of Flight Design’s 25th Anniversary. “It has been an exciting 25 years where we brought interesting new airplanes to markets around the world,” said Flight Design CEO Matthias Betsch. “For this anniversary we have a special model created expressly for our worldwide dealership partners and their customers.”

Flight Design will build the special Jubilee edition in a very limited series of 25 airplanes. The specially constructed airplanes add a personal touch, a unique equipment list, and special pricing. The Jubilee treatment can be applied to any of several models in production, including CTLSi, CTSLi (Supralight) or MCi. To insure quality and desirability, only 25 Jubilee airplane models will be manufactured.

“Each 25th Anniversary Jubilee airplane will have an upper management ‘Godfather’ assigned to personally monitor its build process to ensure our extraordinary level of quality is attained throughout every step and detail of manufacturing,” added Betsch. Jubilee models will have a special inscription plate affixed with signatures of Flight Design’s top managers, the name of that aircraft’s “Godfather” and its sequential number within the series of 25 models built for the celebration.

Flight Design’s 25th Anniversary Jubilee airplanes will have the following standard features: Rotax 912iS engine; Dynon SkyView avionics, dual 10-inch displays (for LSA/EASA 1,320-pound/600-kg CTLSi and MCi) or dual 7-inch displays for CTLSi at 1,040-pound/472.5-kg, or single 10-inch display for CTSLi; Dynon autopilot; 8.33-kHz communications radio with Mode S transponder; Garmin 796/795 GPS; electric stabilator trim; two upgraded Bose A20 Active Noise Reduction (ANR) headsets; input capability for mobile phone and music; special two-tone leather interior, including leather instrument panel and carpeting similar to the interior in Flight Design’s new four-seat C4 mock-up as seen at airshows; and, a special 25th Anniversary theme exterior design painted on aircraft (not decals) with 25th Anniversary commemorative logo. A special series of options is also available at attractive prices. An extended warranty of five years for structural parts and three years for mechanical parts plus a 25th Anniversary leather flight brief case will complete the limited edition airplanes.

“These will be very special airplanes,” said U.S. Sales Manager John Gilmore. “As they are offered around the world, only a small number are available for U.S. buyers. Having one of these Jubilee airplanes with their distinctive exterior paint design and special equipment will make them highly memorable and desirable.”

The program is available effective immediately until the 25th Jubilee airplane is built with delivery occurring from February to June, 2013 at the rate of five airplanes per month.

FACTS ABOUT FLIGHT DESIGN GmbH





The Flight Design Team has completed over 150 hours of flight-testing in preparation for the final approval. 

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The certification process involved no changes to the basic CTLS airframe.  A gear position indicator and the water rudder handle along with a split brake handle were added to allow for castoring steering on the ground.

Clamar’s 1400 float series allows the CTLS to takeoff with a water run of only 15-25 seconds at full gross weight. The CTLS Floatplane cruises at 100 knots where the wheeled model achieves 115 knots. Airtime Aviation, Flight Design Distributor,  is continuing development and also offers a straight float (non-amphibious) version. Useful load for the CTLS Lite with the amphibious floats is 400 pounds.

The Clamar floats match the structure and the feel of the Flight Design planes; Pricing has been set at $45,000 plus the prop exchange. This price means that it would be possible to get BRAND new amphibious 100Kt floatplane for $179,850 in ready-to-fly form.  We are accepting orders effective immediately. Click here for more information.

 
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