By Glenn Pew, Contributing Editor, Video Editor
Flight Design unveiled its four-seat, all-composite, strutless high-wing aircraft, the C4, at the AERO 2011 in Germany this week. The design can run behind either a 180-hp IO-360, burning 10.4 gallons per hour in cruise, or a 155-hp single-lever-operated Centurion 2.0 turbocharged diesel that sips just shy of six, according to Flight Design. The C4 is 1320 pounds empty with a maximum takeoff weight listed at 2640 pounds. A whole-airplane emergency parachute system is standard equipment. Max cruise is listed at 160 knots and cruise behind the diesel is good for 145 knots and 1700 nm, according Flight Design. The company says its application for EASA certification was filed in Q1 2011.
The C4's avionics package may include the Garmin G1000, Dynon SkyView suite, autopilot, traffic and terrain, plus weather depiction, but hasn't been formally finalized. Each seat will have a three-point belt with optional AMSAFE seatbelt airbags. Flight Designs expects to win FAA certification by reciprocity of EASA certification. First deliveries are expected in 2013. The price should land somewhere in the vicinity of 220,000 Euro, and will not exceed $250,000, according to the company.