Flight Design Unveils Upgraded CTLS LSA at Sebring
Flight Design showed an upgraded model of the top-of-the-line CTLS Light-Sport Aircraft at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo 2010 in Sebring, Florida. The deluxe CTLS comes with an even-more-loaded instrument panel, a longer engine life, and an upgraded interior treatment. In addition to the handsome brown leather seats with complementary interior panels and carpet, the 2010 CTLS has an instrument panel to rival aircraft like the Cirrus SR-22. Two brand-new 10-inch Dynon display screens featuring synthetic vision capability flank the large Garmin 696 GPS and offer occupants much information in a user-friendly style. Garmin radios are stacked in the center, and an autopilot completes the panel, on which not one round analog gauge was seen.
The SkyView is optional; the base CTLS comes with dual 7-inch Dynon screens and Garmin 496 GPS. In addition to the interior and instrument panel, the CTLS on display at Sebring had a decal boasting the new 2,000-hour time between overhaul (TBO) life of the 100-hp Rotax engine that was recently announced. Flight Design, based in Germany, remains the worldwide market leader, thanks to its CT series of light aircraft. More than 1,500 of these aircraft are flying in 39 countries. A newer Flight Designs aircraft, the MC (metal concept) was also shown and flown at Sebring. The new features of the CTLS at Sebring 2010 were reviewed briefly in this video.