The Flight Design CTLS is the latest version of the CT optimized for the Light Sport Aircraft rules of the United States. The CTLS is a step forward with its carbon fiber airframe providing a strong, light and smooth aerodynamic design that offers excellent aerodynamic efficiency. A standard Dynon Glass avionics panel with the latest Garmin avionics allows the use of advanced features like XM weather as well as terrain and moving maps. We also now offer the option of the Dynon Skyview panel as well as the new Garmin G3X panel. Both of these exciting new panels give LSA pilots large glass panel displays with capabilities only found in the big jets just a few years ago.
Other new features aimed at ease of maintenance make the CTLS a joy to own and and a great airplane to fly for pilots of all skill levels. The fuselage design of the CTLS minimizes drag and maximizes interior width for you, your passenger and gives sufficient room for your baggage. The composite landing gear is designed to better absorb hard landings. A standard BRS parachute system provides an advanced safety feature on every U.S. CT airplane. The Rotax 912 ULS engine now has a 2000 TBO making the efficiency and cost benefit even better than before.
In production since 1997 with over 1500 flying worldwide, the CT’s operational flexibility make it popular for basic and advanced flight training. For cross country trips, pilots can fill the standard 34 gallon tanks for an 850NM range at full cruise power providing safe, fast, long distance travel. The CTLS is certified in the United States as a Special Light Sport Aircraft (SLSA) to allow for flight training, lease back and rental uses. The low fuel burn and volume insurance rates make profitable flight school use possible.
The large cabin of the CTLS has a width of 49 inches and can easily accommodate people well over 6 feet tall. The 2-way adjustable seats with lumbar support and extra-wide gull wing cabin doors give easy entrance and a comfortable experience for you and your passenger. The ergonomic arrangement of the dual controls and instruments are optimized for viewing and handling. The engine cowl and large front window provides excellent visibility out the front of the airplane. The large side and top windows provide a great view of your surroundings and add to situational awareness making learning to fly more relaxing and fun.
The CTLS has a normal cruising speed of 115 kts (132 mph) at 75% power giving a maximum range of nearly 1000 miles! The strut-less carbon fiber wing has high-lift slotted flaps for amazing short field capabilities. Due to the strength to weight ratio of carbon fiber, the CTLS fully equipped has a useful load of over 550 lbs. The synergistic combination of all these features make the CTLS perform better than other LSAs for many important performance aspects.
The CTLS has been certified for two international airworthiness standards and was developed by Flight Design’s professional engineering staff with safety utmost in their minds. The structure of the CTLS is over 90% carbon fiber and aramid which provides superior pilot and passenger protection. Four-point safety harnesses, wing located fuel tanks and the standard BRS 1350 parachute system are just a few of the integrated and well thought out safety features of this state-of-the-art aircraft.