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Flight Design Developing New 'Modular' Aircraft Family

April 11, 2019 / Kerry Lynch

German light aircraft manufacturer Flight Design yesterday introduced a new “modular” family of single-engine aircraft, the F series, which will range from ultralight and type-certified models to an electric-powered variant. On display this week at Aero Friedrichshafen 2019, the F series will feature a cabin that is a little wider than the company's CT series of light-sport and ultralight aircraft and will incorporate its “safety cell” technology. Based on automobile industry designs, Flight Design's safety cell is intended to protect occupants in case of a crash by incorporating a crumple zone. The cabins will also be equipped with features such as cupholders, USB ports, armrests, and electrically adjustable seats. Developed in concert with FuXiang Technologies, the aircraft family also incorporates a longer, one-piece wing with wing cuffs and spin-resistance capability, along with Amsafe airbags for the pilot and copilot. A 100-hp Rotax 912 iS engine w...