Delivers Newest Sport Aircraft The CTLE
By Daniel Baxter
September 11, 2011 - David Williams, Sergeant (Captain,
Retired), of the Tulare County Sheriff's Department
traveled to Flight USA headquarters in Woodstock,
Connecticut to pick up the department's new CTLE. He and
Lt. Marsh Carter accepted the keys and flew the CTLE
back to California.
"The Tulare County Sheriff's Department will be the
first agency in the U.S. to put a Light-Sport Aircraft
into full time service in support of Patrol, just as
many agencies do with a helicopter," observed Williams.
"Flight Design was selected not only for its commitment to provide a low-cost, turn-key law enforcement aviation platform, but also based on overall safety in design, from benign stall characteristics to the ballistic parachute system. Safety for our officers and our residents is always our number one priority."
to David Williams, "The Flight Design CTLE can do much of what
the department's existing plane, a 1973 Cessna Skymaster, can do
with lower fuel and maintenance costs."
Helicopters or larger general aviation aircraft have long been
used for law enforcement or surveillance work. Given the much
higher operating costs of those aircraft and the fuel
efficiency, long endurance plus low noise profile of Light-Sport
Aircraft, these newest aircraft in the fleet were a reasonable
alternative if the right equipment could be mounted. A second
CTLE has been prepared to more fully unveil this use of a
"Working with Flight Design's largest distributor, Air Time of Tulsa Oklahoma, Roger Crow of Echo Flight Resources installed a Cloud Cap Technology TASE 200 gimbal camera unit on the CTLS' right wing," said John Doman, Flight Design Director of Business Development, Global Sales & Marketing. "The interior has a special display and keyboard to control the dedicated police equipment." (See photos.) Once the equipment was added, the CTLS model was dubbed CTLE, with "LE" representing Law Enforcement.
flight testing proved the CTLS handled the additional gear
without problems. "CTLE didn't even know there was a pod hanging
on its wing. With a density altitude of over 4,000 feet
(temperatures above 100 degrees) the indicated airspeed was
reading 117 knots," reported Crow. Inside the aircraft, law
officials employ an adjustable video display screen that can be
folded to a stowed position on the pod by means of a Ram mount.
The side pocket mounted to the right side of the pod stows the "iKey"
keyboard used to operate the on-board computer/processor and
can cost a sheriff's department $60,000 and typically last three years.
Even after adding high-tech surveillance equipment, a $250,000 Flight
Design CTLE should serve more than 12 years, making it an attractive
investment compared to police automobiles, much less helicopters.
"Flight Design now has a specially prepared law enforcement aircraft
with specific camera mounting hard points, an extra alternator, and
other extras like high intensity lights and police radios while still
meeting an aggressive price point," stated, John Gilmore, National Sales
Manager for Flight Design USA.
Flight Design is a 24-year-old manufacturer based in Germany. The company remains one of the worldwide Light-Sport Aircraft market leaders thanks to its popular CT series of aircraft. More than 1,700 of these aircraft are flying in 39 countries.
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