Eleven years after the first CT entered production in June 1997, the Flight Design Team introduced its new CTLS. Pilots easily recognize the similarity to preceding CT models, yet the changes are many as the new LS model addresses customer requests over the last few years. Flight Design, the clear market leader in Europe and the United States, has proven that the company knows how to satisfy customer expectations.
The LS offers the utmost in space, comfort, performance, and ease of flying so that less experienced pilots can fly it easily. The aerodynamic qualities of the CTLS were completely reworked using full-size wind tunnel tests and flight evaluations employing the newest data recording equipment. In the LS interior, the seats have been redesigned and the noise level reduced to underline the long-range capability of the CTLS. The cabin has been sculpted to add volume and light. The engine installation and fuel system have been reworked according to the newest market experience and know-how. New construction materials have improved durability and outside weather resilience.
As per corporate policy, Flight Design never presents a new airplane until it is fully certified and ready for delivery. The CTLS was debuted at the 2008 Sebring Expo in Florida, USA on January 17th and at similar dates in different countries around the world. The CTLS is certified as a Special Light-Sport Aircraft fully meeting ASTM standards and the German BFU/LTF-UL rule. Augmented not replaced, the CTSW model will be continuously built.