Unveils New C4 Four Seat Model
By Shane Nolan
July 14, 2011 - When the full-size mockup of Flight
Design's first-ever four seat aircraft was unveiled at
Aero in Friedrichshafen, Germany in mid-April this year,
the striking aircraft was an instant hit with customers.
The C4 logged 30 orders in the four-day event.
"We are offering a very well-equipped C4, complete with
a modern glass avionics suite and standard airframe
parachute recovery system at a not-to-exceed price of US
$250,000 for the American market," noted John Doman,
Director of Business Development, Global Sales &
Marketing for Flight Design.
First deliveries are planned for early 2013. Flight
Design has also established a not-to-exceed price of
|220.000 for Europe and the rest of the world outside
the U.S.," added Doman.
the aviation community already know the success of Flight Design
in the Light-Sport Aircraft market, where it is clearly the
market leader with more than twice as many deliveries as their
next LSA competitor.
Flight Design now plans to bring their winning
combination of design technology, efficient manufacturing,
strong marketing and first class customer support to the
certified aircraft market with the C4.
Design plans to announce initial C4 component supplier partners
and provide a C4 program update at their press conference and
luncheon at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh scheduled for noon on
Tuesday, July 26th at EAA Press Headquarters.
design specifications, to be validated during the development
process, are impressive:
Employing high-tech materials like carbon fiber, useful
load is 1,320 pounds or 50% of maximum take-off weight of 2,640
pounds; max cruise speed is projected at 160 knots (184 mph) at
6,000 feet MSL.
fuel tanks will hold 70 gallons, providing a range of 1,200 nm
with a conventional avgas powerplant at 65% power and up to
1,700 nm with the planned optional diesel engine using more
globally available Jet A fuel.
The interior volume goes far beyond most general aviation aircraft in size with 52 inches of cabin width in front and 47 inches for rear seat occupants with plenty of headroom and storage. "We have had computerized passenger figures taller than 6 feet 7 inches fit easily in the back seat of our concept cabin," observed Doman.
"We want to offer
the market a modern technology, price-efficient aircraft that performs
well, is comfortable for longer flights, and which operates with less
fuel expense," explained Matthias Betsch, CEO of Flight Design. "Our
ongoing customer surveying shows us that price tops the demand list from
customers and we believe our prices can result in sales volumes of 200
to 500 aircraft per year."
plans to certify the C4 to several international standards including FAA
certification in the United States. "At the same time we intend to
improve our capability in global service and support, further expanding
our leadership in these areas," said Betsch. The German company has
already passed several examinations including a LAMA audit, ISO audit,
and a review by T?V. Recently the company gained EASA Design
Organization Approval (DOA) that permits Flight Design to progress on
their own schedule without the need for time consuming and costly
step-by-step involvement from EASA.
Flight Design is a
24-year-old manufacturer based in Germany. The company remains the
worldwide market leader thanks to its well-received CT series of light
aircraft. More than 1,700 of these aircraft are flying in 39 countries.
One of the first aircraft certified under ASTM International standards
in 2005, the CT ("composite technology") remains the top-selling LSA in
America through six consecutive years. Flight Design sold the first LSA
to India and was the first LSA to earn Chinese Type Design Approval.
Three times a Flight Design CT has been flown around the world.
As EAA's AirVenture Oshkosh show rapidly approaches, the C4 has landed in America and will be presented as a full scale mockup and available for up close viewing. Flight Design will also be busy taking special C4 "Early Bird" orders which provide customers a delivery position in the first 100 serial-produced aircraft plus a $10,000 discount from the already attractive list price.
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