Flight Design USA, makers of one of the most popular Light Sport Aircraft designs in the U.S., unveiled a new all-metal model at EAA AirVenture on Monday. The Flight Design MC — for Metal Concept — is essentially the same as the Flight Design CT-LS but is constructed mainly of metal, and is aimed to appeal to the flight school and training market. Matthias Betsch, CEO of Flight Design in Stuttgart, Germany, said the company has been working on the new design for three years. The wings and tail are metal, the MC has a simpler tail structure, and the cockpit sill is lower for easier entry. It will be about 5 to 7 knots slower than the CT-LS. The LS also carries about 50 pounds more load and has about 500 miles more range with full fuel. The MC is available with 80 or 100 horsepower and analog instruments or a glass cockpit; the LS is only available in the high-end configuration. Check back with AVweb later this week for more details about the new airplane and a video tour direct from Oshkosh.
The CT-LS model was introduced worldwide at the Sebring LSA Expo in January 2008.