The CTLS is the newest EASA Type Certified evolutionary model of the Flight Design CT line of aircraft. Longer, lower and sleeker, the CTLS was designed specifically for the Light-Sport category and offers many features to improve comfort and performance.
Flight Design has conducted extensive customer research including questionnaires at leading air shows. Based on those results and the design opportunities allowed under the ASTM Light-Sport standards, the CTLS was developed.
The Flight Design development team has worked for more than 24 months on development of the CTLS and invested significantly in this evolved design.
Flight Design used industry specialists and advanced tools including full-scale wind tunnel testing in the Mercedes wind tunnel to further refine the new aerodynamic design. Next generation computer flight test systems were used to develop the flight dynamics in a first for the Light-Sport Aircraft industry.
Flight Design is committed to remain the leader in the Light-Sport Aircraft category. Employing progressive design concepts and modern safety know-how, Flight Design joins the latest engineering techniques and software to state-of-the-art materials.
The CTLS is an aircraft capable of flying non-stop from Chicago to NYC, Charlotte to Dallas, and London to Frankfurt or Munich to Rome… flights of 1,800 km (1,000 miles). The large comfortable cabin and excellent visibility of the CTLS makes all your flights more enjoyable and a better environment for learning how to fly.
In production since 1997, more than 1,700 Flight Design CTs have been delivered to customers, worldwide. By operating the CTLS in some of the most challenging conditions on earth, Flight Design team members continue to learn and improve the aircraft. The CTLS incorporates evolutionary changes that make it a great airplane for the demands of flying clubs and flight schools as well as private owners.
A modern aircraft should have all the safety improvements available for protecting the pilot and passenger. Every CT has a time-proven rigid carbon fiber cockpit forming a safety cell plus fourpoint harnesses. The standard equipment airframe parachute system is an important addition to the list of safety features on the CTLS. The system is always available should you need it.
A German Airworthiness Certificate was first issued in 1997. The Special Light Sport Aircraft FAA Airworthiness Certificate was issued to a CT in April 2005. Compliance of the Aircraft has been verified by the independent LAMA audit in March 2008.
DGAC of India registered the CTLS in October 2009 for India. November 2009 the CTLS received the Chinese Type Design Approval, issued for the first time ever for an LSA aircraft by the CAAC of China in combination with a Production Approval. And in April, 2012 the CTLS received EASA Type Certificate!
Since the first flight, over a thousand owners have loved the high cruise speed, low stall speed, and the spacious cabin of all CTs.
The fuselage on the CTLS is 390 mm (1 ft 1 in) longer, which increases pitch stability and dampening significantly. The result for pilots is a smoother ride in turbulence and much easier landings.
By optimizing the shape of the fuselage, drag has been reduced while cleaning the airflow to the stabilizer. The smallest improvements were executed to further increase lift and reduce drag.
The stabilizer trim tab incorporates a new flexible elastic hinge, which is aerodynamically cleaner plus the control linkage has improved gearing for finer control and better trim feel.
The wing of the CTLS uses the same efficient airfoil as the CTSW. Advanced winglets reduce induced drag, improving climb, cruising range and aileron control at low speeds while conveying a 21st-Century look.
In total, the aerodynamic changes have improved the CTLS’s stability and its ease of flying significantly. While the top speed of the unlimited CTLS is impressively high, all CTLS fly with efficiency and low fuel consumption at all speeds.
New urethane polymer shock absorbers in the nose gear give high dampening and help to smooth out hard landings. The new composite main gear, developed and produced by a certified aerospace supplier is rugged and absorbs more than 50% of the energy on the first rebound. Five-axis CNC milling technology produced the metal molds for the new composite main landing gear. New tires developed together with our partners give the correct balance of durability, performance and light weight.
Production of the CTLS is performed in Ukraine by our young and highly motivated staff near the Black Sea resort area of the Crimea. Along with development of the original CT, our own R&D and manufacturing company was created. We are constantly expanding our production facility and staff to meet the growing demand. Ukraine has a strong aviation culture going back to the beginning of manned flight. Major airframe and component manufacturers are now sourcing engineering and manufacturing in Ukraine to take advantage of low production costs as well as one of the world highest engineering educational standards.
The balance of safety and performance is attained through rational design, well-organized manufacturing and the use of dependable Western materials.
CTLS was designed and tested using the most advanced CAD programs available and these systems are also applied in production of the aircraft. We are proud to be at the vanguard of aviation technology and a leader in bringing that structural and aerodynamic technology to the light plane industry.
CTLS was built to get up and go. With low fuel consumption and low operating costs, you can afford to fly as much as you want.