Flight Design‘s newest aircraft, the F2-CS23, has been certified by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
“We couldn’t be happier to see this important step for the F2 program, which ultimately will lead to the F4 four-seat version and the all-electric F2e,” said Matthias Betsch, head of Flight Design.
The F2-CS23 is the next step in Flight Design’s “Vision Zero” concept, according to company officials. That concept incorporates all commercially available safety features for this type of aircraft, including: A passive stall and spin resistant airframe design, airframe emergency parachute system, AMSAFE airbags and inertial reel harnesses, Garmin ESP (electronic stability and envelope protection), an occupant-protective enclosure for the pilot and passengers, automatic fuel management, simplified controls, such as a combined throttle and brake lever, and a more modern, car-like atmosphere and operation, they explain.
Standard features on the F2-CS23 include a Garmin G3X avionics suite, two-axis autopilot, Rotax 912iS fuel-injected 100-hp engine with a DUC certified propeller, Beringer wheels and brakes, leather seats, heat exchanger heating system, and Whelen lighting.
“The EASA CS-23 category is an internationally recognized certification standard which will allow the new F2-CS23 to be easily accepted in all markets worldwide,” said Dieter Koehler, Project Manager the F2 and F4 projects. FAA certification is in the works.
The F2-CS23 follows the F2-LSA, which began deliveries earlier this year, company officials add.