German airframer Flight Design GmbH this week
brought two new developments to EAA AirVenture 2010, helping round out its
popular line of light-sport aircraft.
In addition to announcing a full-motion
simulator for its CTLS model, the company is offering its new CTLS-Lite
model on amphibious floats.
Flight Design distributor Airtime Aviation, in cooperation with Clamar
Floats, developed the seaplane version.
In association with Iowa Flight Training,
Flight Design developed its Dreamflyer full-motion flight simulator based
on the popular X-Plane software platform for Windows, Mac, or Linux.
Panel layouts and flight characteristics
reportedly are very true to the actual aircraft.
By using gravity to generate motions,
Dreamflyer eliminates the need for and costly maintenance of hydraulics
Retail price for a ready-to-use
single-monitor Dreamflyer with computer and X-Plane software for CTLS is
$6,000 in the continental United States and Canada. An optional
three-monitor assembly kit is available for an additional $199.
“Since Dreamflyer needs only a
3-foot-by-6-foot footprint, any flight school has space to locate this
breakthrough piece of equipment,” said John Gilmore, national sales
manager for Flight Design USA.
“We’ve been working on the X-Plane
software for more than a year and now we can add full-motion reality to
the Flight Design Pilot Center experience.”
Meanwhile, the company said the float
system on its amphibious CTLS-Lite model is constructed from carbon fiber,
Kevlar, and S-glass, making the floats substantially lighter than aluminum
or composite floats of the same displacement.
Each float has four compartments and can
support 1,430 pounds, which is the legal limit for a light-sport seaplane.
Landing gear is operated by an all-electric 12-volt system. A visual
notification system for gear position is standard and audio gear warning
is available at extra cost.
“The Clamar floats match the structure
and the feel of the Flight Design planes,” said Tom Peghiny, president
of importer Flight Design USA.
Installed price on a customer’s airplane has been set at $38,000 for the
amphibious float option, a price which includes all component parts, the
mechanical work, and all FAA documentation.
For more information on Flight Design’s
line of light-sport aircraft, visit the company’s website at www.FlightDesignUSA.com,
or drop by booth 83-87 in the Main Aircraft Display area near the
AirVenture main gate.