The latest and greatest of the Flight Design high-wing, side-by-side, two-seat composite runabouts is the CTLSi, powered by the remarkable new-ish Rotax 912iS. A fuel-injected engine that puts out 100 hp, the 912iS takes the promise of the advanced Rotax 912 and adds fuel injection and electronic ignition management. All of the CTs in the lineup have great visibility (with a clear view downward), good flyability, a modern panel and high build quality. The CTs have sticks instead of yokes, and while the plane lands very slowly, it’s a bit of a speedster whose adjustable-pitch prop needs to be set properly to prevent it from overshooting the 120-knot LSA speed restriction. Like many LSA in this lineup, the CTLSi requires practice and good judgment to land consistently, due to its light wing loading and large wing area. As with other types, training for pilots coming from conventional Part 23 airplanes is a must.
Niche: High-wing sport
Base Price: $173,910
Competitors: Remos GX-iS, Zenith CH-701, Vans RV-12
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