“Garmin’s innovative glass cockpit avionics will enhance the capabilities and safety of the C4,” said Matthias Betsch, President and CEO of Flight Design. “The ability to offer our customers features like Angle of Attack (AoA), dual Air Data Heading Reference System (ADHRS), and an autopilot control module along with an integrated glass cockpit at a competitive price, makes the C4 an exceptional value.”
The actual avionics suite will be unveiled at next year’s SUN ’n FUN, Betsch said at AirVenture Tuesday.
“We are delighted to be chosen as the avionics supplier for this next generation of Flight Design aircraft,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin’s vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “We look forward to offering an integrated cockpit with features like Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT) and an integrated autopilot with a one-touch level button to restore the aircraft to straight and level flight, to this class of aircraft.”
The Flight Design C4 is an all carbon composite four-place light aircraft based upon the design of the Flight Design CT series of aircraft. Key features are the new Continental IO-360AF alternate fuels engine, conceived to “future proof” the C4, according to company officials, as well as an advanced glass panel cockpit and an integrated, full airplane parachute system.
The C4 is planned to have up to a 1,200 nautical mile range and a useful load of 1,320 pounds.