LSA Round-the-World Flight Completed


Two Indian Air Force officers have completed a circumnavigation of the globe in a Light Sport Aircraft in 79 days. Wing Commanders and Squadron Leaders Rahul Monga and Anil Kumar visited 19 countries in a Flight Design CTsw. The flight marks the 75th anniversary of the Indian Air Force. Monga and Kumar, who normally fly helicopters and fighter jets, launched June 1 from Delhi, India, and returned August 19, after flying through China, Russia, North America, Europe, and the Middle East. Monga flew solo across the north Atlantic so he could carry more fuel. “The round the world tour under day VFR rules was successful with this airplane despite difficult weather conditions,” said Matthias Betsch, CEO of Flight Design, which is based in Germany.

“Of course, weather was a problem for us,” Kumar told the Times of India. “We had to train ourselves to handle all kinds of problems … we were sitting in the cockpit for nine or ten hours, moving from culture to culture, time zone to time zone. I think we are fortunate that we could cope up in all such situations.” One of the first aircraft certified under the U.S. LSA standards, the CT is currently the best-selling LSA in the U.S., with 200 copies delivered.