5th Annual National Flight Design CT Fly-In
A flock of about 35 Flight Design CT light-sport aircraft flew in from all over the southwestern United States to attend the 5th Annual National CT Fly-In at Page, Arizona. The event took place October 14 to 16. Flight Design is able to hold successful annual single-brand gatherings because they have about 340 U.S.-registered aircraft, almost twice as many as the second most popular brand, the Cessna Skycatcher.
About 60 persons attended the fly-in, including John Doman on behalf of manufacturer Flight Design GmbH of Germany. Most of the attendees were of retirement age, a common attribute among those buying and operating light-sport aircraft, noted Doman, director of Business Development and Global Sales & Marketing for Flight Design GmbH. The majority of buyers purchased their CTs for the ability to fly without an FAA medical certificate.
Those attending discovered spectacular scenery in beautiful weather. Several fly-outs occurred, taking pilots and passengers to picturesque locations, each within an hour or less flight, including: Lake Powell; Monument Valley; Grand Canyon; Bryce Canyon; and Devil’s Backbone. Located in the high desert, Page, Arizona, has a field elevation of 4,500 feet MSL.
The organizer and central person of the fly-in is Roger Lee, who also heads the popular CTflier.com website, with assistance from Tim Greer. “Roger did a fine job of keeping things running smoothly and on track,” stated Doman. Dates have already been established for the 6th Annual CT Fly-In. Next year’s event will take place again at Page, Arizona, this time from October 18 to 21.
Flight Design is a 24-year-old manufacturer based in Germany. The company remains the worldwide light-sport aircraft market leader, thanks to its popular CT series of aircraft. More than 1,700 of these aircraft are flying in 39 countries. For more information, visit FlightDesignUSA.com.