The Flight Design CTLSi is the latest version of the CT optimized for the Light Sport Aircraft rules of the United States. the CTLSi has the following features.
21% lower fuel consumption
Larger amperage alternator
Lighter Li Ion battery
Lower 80 RPM trigger speed for ignition (smooth starts when cold)
Faster engine responsiveness
Greater engine smoothness
New Header Tank and associated plumbing along with a selectable fuel valve
Electric Trim now Standard
One extra gallon of fuel
Heavier motor mount
Relief from carburetor balancing requirement
Perfect start-up and shut-down and idle…just like a car
Cost is $12800 more than CTLS at less than 22 lbs weight increase.
We also now offer the option of the Big 10″ 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.
The CTLSi is a step forward with its carbon fiber airframe providing the same strong, light and smooth aerodynamic design of the CTLS.
A standard 7″ Dynon Glass avionics panel in Club configuration, with the latest Garmin avionics allows the use of advanced features like XM weather as well as terrain and moving maps.
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.
Rotax BRP unveiled a new version of its 912 iS fuel-injected engine at Sun ‘n Fun that the company says offers a shorter takeoff run, a steeper climb rate, the best flight range in its class, and easier operations.
With the tag line “Stronger. Faster. Higher.” the Rotax 912 iS Sport has a modified airbox and intake system that improves its torque curve. Rotax’s Christian Mundigler said the Sport has up to 30-percent better fuel efficiency on average compared to the 912 ULS carbureted engine, as measured over a three-year period in flight school conditions.
The 912 iS Sport looks similar to the 912 iS but has a 27-mm higher airbox that is aluminum instead of plastic. A different software and new calibration support the upgraded engine, which will also be available as a retrofit for 912 iS owners. Rotax expects to achieve ASTM compliance and issue a service bulletin in mid-May to offer the upgrade to customers, although the engine has already been shipped to several manufacturers for display aircraft. A Kitfox with the engine is on display in front of the Rotax tent at Sun ‘n Fun.
Mundigler said Rotax will offer the engine for the same price as the 2013 912 iS through the end of October; pricing is available through distributors. For owners of the 912 iS, Rotax will provide the airbox kit for free for an upgrade until the end of October, so owners will only pay labor costs. After October, the manufacturer suggested retail price for the airbox kit is about 1,300 euros.
In addition to the performance benefits of the 912 iS Sport, Rotax said the engine will have lower maintenance costs than its carbureted predecessor because there is no need to service or synchronize carburetors and the engine has a computer-based electronic diagnostic system.