The German manufacturer of the perennially popular CTLS, Flight Design has had a bumpy ride over the past couple of years. Forced into insolvency in 2016, the receivers managed to keep the lights on, servicing spare parts requirements and supplying a handful of new planes. Since then, the company has rebranded as Flight Design General Aviation GmbH and opened up a new, modern production facility in Germany.
They’ve also added a licensed operator to the mix, AeroJones Aviation, who have acquired the rights to manufacture the CTLS in their factory in Xiamen, China. Two executives from the company recently conducted their first official factory tour of Australia and New Zealand, touching base with local representatives and customers.
With more than 1,500 CTLS LSA’s flying worldwide, AeroJones Aviation is gearing up to ship fully manufactured aircraft straight into Australia and New Zealand from their brand new production line staffed by 50 highly-trained personnel.
In addition to operating a factory in Xiamen, AeroJones Aviation operates a flying field, flight school, and maintenance centre at an airfield in Pingtong, Taiwan. The operation is a prototype for what may germinate into many such facilities across China as they prepare to build hundreds of brand-new airports.