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Fri, May 17, 2019

Flight Design Introduces The F2

Can Be Operated As A CS-23 Certified Aircraft Or S-LSA

Flight Design his taken the wraps off its latest GA airplane ... the F2, which the company believes will define light aircraft safety, performance and comfort in a CS-23 certified aircraft and as an S-LSA. The F2 brings a fresh look at high-wing light aircraft design with class leading safety features and an innovative Garmin avionics suite.

The spacious ‘extra-large’ cabin of the F2 has been designed for extra rigidity and incorporates a combination of dynamically tested passenger seats, panel-mounted AMSAFE airbags and an Airframe Emergency Parachute System (AEPS) for occupant safety. The atmosphere inside the F2 is improved with many clever design features, the modern heating/fresh air system and comfortable leather covered adjustable seats.

The structure of the F2 is manufactured to close tolerances in pre-impregnated carbon fiber for great structural strength and light weight. Flight Design general aviation has created an international team of light aircraft industry specialists and designers to collaborate on the F2. The advanced features of the F2 will make all your flights safer and more enjoyable but also a better environment for learning how to fly.

The F2 was designed specifically for CS-23 certification and to meet the ASTM F3180 low-speed flight characteristics of fixed-wing aircraft standard for departure characteristics, spinning, and stall warning. Sculpted winglets reduce induced drag, improve climb and cruising range. The smooth cantilever strutless wing also reduces drag and allows maximum visibility from the cockpit. The highly optimized airfoil of the F2 allows generous internal volume for the fuel tanks and is also structurally efficient.

The elegantly sculptured Carbon Fiber fuselage of the F2 is designed for extra-large volume in the cabin and to reduce drag while providing cleaner airflow to the tail. The large span stabilizer and separate elevator has been designed for optimum low speed control and better feel. In total, the aerodynamic features have significantly improved the F2′ stability, control and its overall ease of flying. While the top speed of the unlimited F2 will be impressively high, the F2 flies with efficiency and low fuel consumption at all speeds. CFD based virtual wind tunnel design tools were used to complete the efficient and refined aerodynamic design.

The 51-inch Extra Large cabin width of the F2 has been designed to fit very tall and smaller people equally well. People with heights of 5′ 1″ to 6′ 6″ will sit more comfortably than ever. Ample storage space in the cockpit is provided by great access for bulky items stored aft of the cockpit. Four cabin windows and the sunroof in the rear give the cockpit an open feeling and improve overall visibility.

Large gull–wing doors held up by gas struts make entering and taking your seat easy. Three–point latches and door seals keep you secure inside. Comfortable leather covered seats with Confor-foam padding and 2-way adjustment offer incomparable comfort and easy adjustment in height and leg length. From these seats, the remarkable visibility of F2 will give you the feeling that you are in a helicopter with a sweeping view of the world. The well-engineered engine installation reduces airframe vibration and cabin noise.

Full dual controls and centrally located single lever throttle/brake quadrant are features of this ergonomically arranged cockpit. Easy-to-reach storage spaces and convenient map holders are thoughtfully provided. Modern ventilation and heat exchanger heating allow you to fly comfortably in all 4 seasons. The F2 allows up to 110 lb of baggage (total) to be safely stored in the giant storage area aft of the cabin area.

Flight Design has been in the vanguard of the avionics revolution in light aircraft. With the F2 we offer an expanded range of avionics to suit your personal aviation mission. The F2 features some of the most advanced, yet easy to use avionics from Garmin including the G3X Touch screens for unmatched situational awareness, integration of the Rotax engine management system, checklists and diagnostic functions.

The bright, high-definition G3X panel includes PFD, EMS and Map functions with a battery backup. With the Garmin GTX 345 transponder the F2 is compliant with the FAA’s ADS-B 2020 “Out” requirements and also has the complete ADS-B “in” features like Satellite based weather, traffic and real-time TFR notices. Depending on your preferences, navigation is provided the G3X or by optional Garmin GTN 650, GTN 750 or GNC 255 Nav/Com. The Garmin GFC 500 Digital 2-axis autopilot with Level Button rounds out this well-balanced avionic suite.

Standard equipment for the F2 includes:

  • Dual Garmin G3X avionics suite (Garmin GTR 225 com, GTX 345 ADS-B ‘in and out’ transponder, Garmin GMA 340 stereo audio panel w/Bluetooth, Garmin GFC 500 Digital 2-axis autopilot)
  • FD Night Flight package
  • Rotax 912iS Fuel injected engine
  • BRS 6-1350 parachute system
  • AMSAFE panel mounted airbags
  • AMSAFE Inertial-reel harnesses
  • Whelen LED Strobes, position and large landing light
  • DUC three-blade composite propeller
  • Stainless exhaust system
  • Heat exchanger heat w/panel ventilation
  • Electric stabilizer trim
  • Electric pre-selector flap control
  • Adjustable leather covered sport seats
  • Electronic fuel level gauges
  • Two cockpit floor storage compartments
  • Extra wide cabin doors with gas springs
  • Composite main landing gear with MATCO hydraulic disc brakes
  • 406 ELT
  • Steerable nose wheel
  • Wheel fairings
  • Fire Extinguisher and CO Detector

The starting price as equipped above is listed at $185,205.00.

(Images provided with Flight Design news release)

FMI: flightdesignusa.com

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