Flight Design Hand Controls Now in Production
Flight Design CEO Matthias Betsch announced that a new hand control system for disabled pilots has completed testing and entered production. A kit consisting of parts and instructions for retrofitting to an in-service Flight Designs CT aircraft has been donated to Able Flight, a nonprofit corporation that helps disabled pilots achieve their dreams of flight. The complete system retails for approximately $4,000.
"We have watched Able Flight and its director Charles Stites, and we are very impressed with the organization's success at getting young disabled persons into light-sport aircraft," said Flight Design CEO Matthias Betsch. "We need more people in flying. These young people want to fly. We have many aircraft in the field. So we worked with Flight Design Technik to create and build a hand control system. We are pleased to make it available to Able Flight and to customers who need such equipment."
The hand control system, which adds the rudder and throttle to the control yoke, was donated to Able Flight at a press conference at the 2011Sun ’n Fun Fly-In. Charles Stites said he had been following the development of hand controls for the Flight Design CT and was very pleased and gratified by the donation. Learn more about Able Flight and its mission at the Able Flight website.
Flight Design is a 24-year-old air-sport products producer based in Germany. The company is a worldwide market leader with more than 1,700 aircraft flying in 40 countries. The Flight Design CT is the best-selling light-sport aircraft in the U.S. For more information, go to the Flight Design website.