Taiwan-based AeroJones Aviation is in the final stages of acquiring all assets and technological rights to the CT series light-sport aircraft and C4 project from Flight Design.
Earlier, AeroJones pursued agreements with Germany’s Flight Design company to establish an aircraft production line to produce the CTLS, a primarily carbon fiber two-seater, equipped with a standard airframe parachute.
Engineers from the German company oversaw efforts to establish AeroJones in Taiwan as a manufacturer, a process that was completed earlier this year. AeroJones has produced full aircraft and is presently preparing to expand manufacturing.
“AeroJones Americas will be established in Florida as a centralized assembly and distribution facility for the AeroJones Aviation-produced CT series aircraft,” said Chris Benaiges, CEO of AeroJones Americas. “This facility will ensure the strictest safety standards and quality control set. AeroJones Americas looks forward to working with and renewing all dealer contracts and leading the way with new and innovative technology in the CTLS aircraft.”
In 2016, CTLS earned Chinese Type Design Approval and an EASA Type Certificate. According to company officials, AeroJones Aviation has invested “considerable resources” to create a new manufacturing facility and built a quality system to assure repeatability.
“AeroJones Americas will have the resources to bring safety, quality control, and the end user experience to a new level for the CT series,” stated AeroJones Americas COO John Hurst.
“AeroJones Aviation is pleased to bring renewed life to the very popular CTLS in America,” said Hsieh Chi-Tai, Executive Vice President at AeroJones. “We are pleased to work with our U.S. representatives at AeroJones Americas as we resume shipments of CTLS to America.”
Headquartered in Central Taiwan Science Park, AeroJones is now manufacturing the CT series models at a new facility in mainland China, then shipping the aircraft to the U.S. for final preparation and delivery. AeroJones Americas will receive the aircraft, assemble them from shipping containers and will deliver to American customers.
The acquisition by AeroJones includes the four-seater general aviation aircraft called C4 that Flight Design first flew in 2015. AeroJones Aviation will pursue FAA approval for the C4.