Flight Design to debut new propulsion system

ctsmallLSA manufacturer Flight Design plans to unveil one of the first “green” projects for light aircraft powerplants at next month’s Aero Friedrichshafen in Germany.

“Rising oil prices and environmental regulations will begin to force airplane manufacturers to rethink propulsion systems. Flight Design is sure that in the long term, research developments for electric or hydrogen powered propulsion systems will provide realistic, useful solutions,” said Flight Design CEO Matthias Betsch. “To have in the short and middle term efficient and environmentally-friendly airplanes for general aviation, Flight Design has in the last two years developed, together with Franz Aircraft Engines, a hybrid concept, which first will be shown to the public at Aero.”

The concept is based on using a certified engine with an electric booster, which is only used for takeoff and climb, according to officials with the company, which manufactures the CT, the best-selling LSA in the United States. (pictured).

“The result is an optimized engine in respect to size, weight and fuel efficiency for cruise flight, with additional 40 horsepower for take-off, climb or during an engine stoppage due to fuel starvation,” said Betsch.

First flight tests of the new powerplant system will be made in 2009 using an existing airplane.

For more information: FlightDesign.com

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