Flight Design C4 Timeline

Follow the Progress of Flight Design’s Exciting  

New C4 from Idea to Market Introduction!
How the beautiful C4 will appear in flight!

·        2008 – 2009 - Flight Design management develops the concept of an affordable, modern, high performance, true 4-place aircraft engineered using an evolution of the technology developed by Flight Design with the CT series of aircraft. 

·        2010 – Aerodynamic computer modeling indicates the C4 would be capable of impressive performance:

C4 will employ the latest engineering tools to maximize performance,
weight savings, efficiency and safety

                                                 ·        Airspeed (cruise):  155-160 kts          

                                                 ·        Range:  1200+ nautical miles

                                                 ·        Maximum takeoff weight:  1200 kgs (2640 lbs)

                                                 ·        Useful load:  600 kgs (1230 lbs)


·        January, 2011 – Flight Design solicits input via an online questionnaire from current owners and the wider aviation community to determine most important features and benefits for the C4.  The results indicate importance as:

      1.      Price

      2.      Speed

      3.      Range

      4.      Fuel – high efficiency and multiple fuel types capable

      5.      Airframe parachute recovery system


·        April 12, 2011 – A preview of the new C4 concept is revealed to the worldwide Flight Design dealer network just prior to the public debut


Flight Design Dealers are the first to see the new C4 prior to AERO Friedrichshafen

·       April 13 – 16, 2011 – The Flight Design C4 is introduced to the global aviation market by unveiling a full scale mock-up of the aircraft at AERO Friedrichshafen, Germany.The response is overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic.  40 orders for the C4 are immediately placed by eager dealers and customers


C4 still under wraps prior to opening of AERO Friedrichshafen
CEO Matthias Betsch introducing the new C4 at AERO Friedrichshafen


·       April, 2011 – C4 “Early Bird” order program is introduced, providing a delivery position in the first 100 serial numbers, along with a 7.000€ ($10,000) discount at time of delivery – orders for the C4 continue to mount.

·      July, 2011 – C4 makes its U.S. debut with the display of the full-scale mock-up at EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh, WI


New C4 at EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh
Watch New C4 at EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh!

·        July, 2011 – Matthias Betsch, Flight Design CEO, is shown leading a standing-room-

only press conference in which he and the Flight Design management team provided an update on the progress of the C4 program as well as other activities at Flight Design.

Announced was the decision to work with Flight Design’s long-term partner BRS to provide the airframe parachute recovery system as standard equipment on the C4.  The C4’s BRS system will incorporate the latest advancements in parachute design and engineering such as an electronic activation system replacing the mechanical hardware now being used.


Flight Design CEO, Matthias Betsch at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh press conference
Standing-Room-Only at Flight Design Oshkosh press conference!


·        September, 2011 – Flight Design announces their gasoline engine choice of the Continental IO-360-AF (alternate fuel) engine for the C4 at the AOPA Summit in Hartford, CT, USA, providing C4 customers with a solution to keep flying in the event 100LL avgas is no longer available due to environmental concerns.

C4 Mock-Up with new Continental IO-360-AF engine at AOPA Summit 2011
Continental IO-360-AF (Alternative Fuels)
Certified Four Seat Model to Use Continental IO-360-AF Engine

·         Flight Design’s C4 gathers interest from the worldwide media gaining front page coverage from UK’s LOOP and center coverage in U.S. FLYING

C4 on the cover of UK's LOOP magazine
C4 news coverage in U.S. FLYING magazine Oct 2011
  • April 18 – 21, 2012 – Mock-up of interior cockpit and cabin shown at AERO Friedrichshafen

C4 full scale mockup on display

A large spacious cabin with soft leather seats on board of C4


Check out the C4 cockpit capabilities !

Watch C4 video review from AERO 2012

  • Feb. 26  - Mar. 03, 2013 – The C4 Mock-up was shown on display at the largest aviation event in Australia and the Pacific Rim - Avalon 2013! Read more...

The C4 interior mock up on display at AVALON 2013, Australia

Technical Director Flight Design Oliver Reinhardt presents occupant-safety crashworthiness initiative "Safety Cell" at AirVenture Oshkosh 2013

The C4 “Safety Cell” concept


  • April 1 – 6, 2014 – Full interior mock up of the C4 with the debut of a special Garmin avionics suite Flight Design Vision Touch by Garmin was shown at Sun-N-Fun Expo.

Flight Design Vision Touch by Garmin on display at Sun-N-Fun Expo 2014

  • April 9 – 12, 2014 – The C4 cockpit kiosk with Flight Design Vision Touch by Garmin installed was presented at AERO Friedrichshafen 2014. Read more...

At AERO Flight Design reported about the progress for a research project that aims
at development of a modular “SafetyBox” cabin safety system for the C4. Read more...

The C4 cockpit kiosk on display at AERO Friedrichshafen 2014


“SafetyBox” display area at AERO Friedrichshafen 2014

The C4 Timline will be updated continuously... Stay tuned!

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