Plane & Pilot
Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Flight Design MC: Full Metal Concept

A born trainer, this spacious, docile workhorse flies like Wichita tin

You want to fly the MC?,” asks Flight Design’s amiable national sales manager, John Gilmore. I’m at the company tent during Sebring, Fla.’s U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, and the MC is on my must-fly list.

“Sure, when?”

“Right now!” exclaims John.


It’s late in the day. I’m tired. I haven’t flown in a week or so. And I haven’t flown at Sebring in a year.

A glance to the cloudy, hazy west reveals a low, low sun: We’ve got 45 minutes—tops—until LSA-legal sundown. I had hoped to have more time. Still, few people have flown the MC. And the aircraft will be swamped once the show starts.

“Let’s do it,” I say, and we head for the hangar. Soon, I’m shaking hands with Tim-Peter Voss—no less than the chief engineer of flight and ground test for Flight Design Germany.

The door sill is low to the ground: Climb-in’s a breeze. The comfortable interior feels familiar, as it should: It’s like the CTLS in which I got my sport pilot ticket.

“I haff not flown at the Sebrink,” Voss says in his crisp German accent, “and have no American license, zo you muss do everysink, the radio, the airspess, yes?”

Hmm. So now I get to demonstrate my ineptitude with the unfamiliar Sebring airspace, as well as fly a new airplane next to its test pilot?

Well, life is meant to be an adventure. If we must fail, fail grandly!

Labels: LSAs


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