Flight Design Achieves Many Successes at AERO Friedrichshafen 2013
Last week Flight Design participated in a very successful AERO 2013 held in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Flight Design’s display included a new fuel-injected CTLSi which continues to gain in worldwide popularity, a CT Supralight destined for a Romanian customer following the show and the actual aircraft that is being used by EasyJet for volacanic ash measurements, complete with the sensor attached to the right wing! In addition, there was a special display highlighting the 4-place C4 now under development.
On Thursday, Flight Design held a press conference that was well attended by international media. Flight Design company officials covered progress towards achieving our Production Organization Approval, an involved and rigorous process that involves both the German and EASA authorities, new features for Flight Design aircraft for 2013 as well as an update on the C4 development schedule.
Also, as a surprise, Flight Design’s founder and CEO, Matthias Betsch, was presented a special cake and flowers to celebrate Flight Design’s 25 years as a company and to acknowledge his strong and insightful leadership. It was a happy and fun occasion, with CEO Betsch smiling broadly as he posed in front of a photo taken in his earlier, younger years with Flight Design.
Flight Design also held our traditional Dealer Meeting attended by our European partners as well as individual meetings with each Dealer to discuss the challenges and opportunities unique to their markets. Concurrent with AERO, Flight Design personnel participated in leadership roles of the ASTM F37 and F44 committees, with the latter focused on achieving new Part 23 aircraft certification standards that are less costly and time consuming, resulting in more new and safer aircraft available at lower price levels, of which the C4 will lead the way.
All in all, AERO 2013 was great success, signaling continued strength and growth for Flight Design and the overall general aviation market!