"Very few first flights proceed through the entire test
card," explained flight director Peghiny. "Yet we
completed all of the points permitted under the
EASA-established Flight Conditions as specified in our
initial Permit to Fly authorization."
"We are all exceedingly pleased to have reached this
benchmark as forecast a few months back," said Christian
Wenger, a Flight Design corporate board member and
procurement manager for the German manufacturer. "This
is going to make for a very enjoyable show for us."
Wenger spoke to early arriving media reporters as he
lead the team positioning the test article C4 at the
front of the company's display in Hall B-1 of the Aero
"Our whole team put in long hours and formed a cohesive
team as they rallied behind the C4 first flight effort,"
said Matthias Betsch, CEO of Flight Design. "All team
members are very pleased with the results of the
development effort." Flight Design started work on the
C4 project in 2008.
"In coming days and weeks, we will add more details
about this project," added Betsch. "For now, part of our
team is working to prepare the C4 for display at Aero
while engineers like Technical Director Oliver Reinhardt
remain at headquarters preparing the next steps in the
"We will release more data and will provide more
detail on the C4 development schedule after we get
through Aero and Sun 'n Fun," Peghiny said. The two
important airshows, one in Europe and one in the
USA, run nearly
back to back starting Wednesday April 15th, 2015.
"Meanwhile, we are very pleased to show the actual
plane at Aero." The prototype will immediately
continue development flight evaluations and will not
be seen in the
until later this year.