As 2016 began, the most successful seller of Light-Sport Aircraft, Flight Design GmbH of Germany, faced a daunting financial situation that resulted in significant actions to remedy the situation. In the space of a few months, the company has worked diligently with its creditors and the forward view is taking an agreeable perspective.
“After a challenging first few months of 2016, things are looking up at Europe’s Flight Design GmbH,” said Tom Peghiny, president of Flight Design USA, the North American importer of the LSA. “After seeking and gaining acceptance of voluntary insolvency under German law, the company has worked with dealers and suppliers to reorganize and continue producing aircraft at their facilities in Ukraine and Germany.”
Peghiny noted that the most important news for existing owners of Flight Design aircraft was the immediate investment to ensure the continuation of safety-related fleet surveillance. This is a key component of Continued Operational Safety Monitoring (COSM), which is of primary importance to European regulator EASA, America’s FAA, and aviation regulators worldwide. [Read more…]
Flight Design USA reported its first shipment of CTLS and CTLSi aircraft from AeroJones Aviation will arrive at Airtime Aviation in Tulsa, Oklahoma, late this week or early next.
AeroJones Aviation, from Taichung, Taiwan, will produce and distribute, under license, the CT-series of aircraft for Flight Design of Germany. AeroJones will also manufacture spare parts as well. [Read more…]
The effort seeks to ensure higher occupant safety by creating a safety cell around the aircraft cockpit, according to company officials. Flight Design’s new four seat C4 was chosen as the launch testbed. [Read more…]
Flight Design’s John Gilmore sent along these first views of the C4 proof of concept aircraft. He reports the first flight team is getting the systems, controls and instrumentation in place for the maiden flight. Additional work is being done on the other POC aircraft for occupant protective dynamic testing and for any additional static testing required.
The German Ministry of Economic Affairs has granted funding for a research project that aims at developing a modular “SafetyBox” cabin safety system for light aircraft.
The new system will provide a safety cage around the occupants of an aircraft, supported by crash-optimized ergonomic designs and enhanced fire protection concepts.
The concept goes significantly beyond current aircraft designs, where the certification requirements ask for consideration of certain crash accelerations to the seat and restraint system, regardless of the capability and level of energy absorption of the surrounding fuselage cell.
With the new approach in this research program, the SafetyBox project team is optimizing the interaction of all the available elements in the early design phase of an aircraft. This will lead to a system of multiple modular elements that can be tailored to multiple applications in various aircraft designs.
The SafetyBox project team has selected Flight Design’s new C4 (pictured) as the first aircraft for the application of the system. Development times of the SafetyBox system match naturally with the development times of the C4 project, which makes this a natural initial project, according to company officials.
The full development will culminate in full scale crash testing of a completed aircraft under controlled conditions, planned for Summer 2015, to validate the suitability of the new system.
The application is not limited to Flight Design products. The system is designed as a modular system and will be offered to other aircraft manufacturers on the market.
The funding has been granted by the German Ministry of Economic Affairs. The application activity was launched by NorLiN Northern Lightweight Design Network of Hamburg, and involves development partners Autoflug GmbH, Flight Design GmbH, Silence Aircraft GmbH, Titan Präcis Metallurgie GmbH, HAW Hamburg – Department Fahrzeugtechnik und Flugzeugbau together with iDS Hamburg, and Faserinstitut e.V (FIBRE). The project is coordinated by Faserinstitut Bremen e.V. (FIBRE).
For more information: FlightDesign.com