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The Flight Design MC

Genuine Metal Concept – Passion for Flight

 

The MC (Metal Concept) is the exciting classic aircraft from Flight Design. Made for people who love flying and want true utility in their aircraft, the MC was created using aluminum, steel and composites for the most attractive, rugged and efficient airframe possible.

The MC is designed especially for the Light Sport Aircraft category and was designed using state-of-the-art engineering design programs and some new ideas to make a metal airplane that is first rate in cabin comfort, ease of flight and performance.

The MC is the alternative for the pilot who wants to own a metal aircraft but wants a truly giant cabin and the excellent visibility that has made the CT line of aircraft famous. Flight Design has done intensive customer research at leading air shows internationally. Based on those results Flight Design decided to complete its LSA range of products with an outstanding metal airplane for use by both private owners and flight schools.

Flight Design is committed to be the leader in progressive design concepts and safety improvements. Using FEA (Finite Element Analysis) to further refine the structural design of the MC, Flight Design has again moved forward in the use of modern engineering tools for improving design principles for light aircraft. 

The Flight Design development team has worked for more than 36 months on development of the MC. Next generation computer flight test systems were used to develop the flight dynamics in the same way than it was used on the best selling CTLS.

The visibility and comfort of the MC makes all your flights more enjoyable and a better environment for learning how to fly. The MC is equipped with the advanced composite landing gear design of the CTLS to help make all of your landings, happy ones.

All Flight Design aircraft are designed around the special demands of flight schools and clubs as well as private owners. The way to get more young people interested in flying and your school in particular is to offer striking new aircraft with advanced avionics. Many established pilots are also looking for new, more affordable challenges as well.

A modern aircraft should have all the safety improvements available for protecting the pilot and passenger. The MC has a welded steel safety cage with CAD design crumple zones to keep the cabin intact, four point pilot harnesses and standard parachute system. Wing located fuel tanks are an important addition to the list of safety features on the MC. The FD single fuel lever fuel system is used on the MC to reduce pilot fuel management incidents.

The MC is being introduced having already achieved the Special Light Sport Aircraft FAA airworthiness certificate. 

If you have a passion for flight try the MC and enjoy the high cruise speed, low stall speed, and the giant cabin of the MC.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

DESIGN

COCKPIT OPTIONS

STANDARD EQUIPMENT

MC was built to get up and go. With low fuel consumption and low operating costs, you can afford to fly as much as you want

Hours per year   100        250 350   500  750
Total direct operating costs 38.13 € 38.13 € 38.13 € 38.13 € 38.13 €
Total direct operating costs no hull insurance 20.15 € 8.06 € 5.76 € 4.03 € 2.69 €
Total indirect operating costs 40.48 € 16.19 € 11.57 € 8.10 € 5.40 €
Total operating cost inсluding hull insurance 95.75 € 62.38 € 55.45 € 50.25 € 46.21 €
OPERATING COSTS

MC was built to get up and go. With low fuel consumption and low operating costs, you can afford to fly as much as you want

Hours per year   100   250 350   500  750
Total direct operating costs 38.13 € 38.13 € 38.13 € 38.13 € 38.13 €
Total direct operating costs no hull insurance 20.15 € 8.06 € 5.76 € 4.03 € 2.69 €
Total indirect operating costs 40.48 € 16.19 € 11.57 € 8.10 € 5.40 €
Total operating cost inсluding hull insurance 95.75 € 62.38 € 55.45 € 50.25 € 46.21 €

 

FRACTIONAL OWNERSHIP CLUBS AND RENTAL

The way to get more people involved in your club is to lower the cost and offer exciting new aircraft. With rental and training allowed by the FAA on Special Light Sport Aircraft, the MC is the right choice for Aero clubs and fractional ownership applications.

With the new MC even less experienced pilots can enjoy the thrill of flying this exciting Light Sport Aircraft after a proper training session.

FLIGHT SCHOOLS & PHOTOGRAPHY

Remarkably slow landing speed, controllability and rugged landing gear make the MC the right choice. Due to its modern good looks, the MC is the right choice for Flight Schools looking for a way to attract new students. A revolution in personal flying in the US is now underway with the Light Sport Category!

Having the strut-less in the rear, the MC also makes non-commercial aerial photography a snap. An optional 16,5 x 25,4cm (6-1/2” x 10”) photo window is available too.

With its roomy cabin and superb visibility the MC is an ideal aircraft in the agricultural world for the inspection of animals and crops and other survey tasks. With its short field performance and rugged optional Tundra gear, a careful landing for inspection is easily performed.*
* Get approval from local Aviation authorities on legality of all unusual operations

TRAVEL

The more you fly, the more the MC’s superiority Shows.

With the MC’s long range, comfortable seats and large baggage compartments, long flights become an achievable and affordable adventure! The MC gives you the comfort and freedom to make your flying dreams a reality! The way to get more people involved in your club is to lower the cost and offer exciting new aircraft.

With rental and training allowed by the FAA on Special Light Sport Aircraft, the MC is the right choice for Aero clubs and fractional ownership applications. With the new MC even less experienced pilots can safely enjoy the thrill of flying this exciting Light Sport Aircraft after proper transition training.

With expansive side windows, the MC makes noncommercial aerial photography a snap. An optional 16.5 x 25.4cm (6-1/2” x 10”) photo window is available too. With its roomy cabin and superb visibility the MC is an ideal aircraft for support  of agricultural operations, including animals, crops and forestry tasks. With its short field performance and rugged optional Tundra gear, a careful landing for inspection is easily performed.*

* Get approval from local Aviation authorities on legality of all unusual operations.

ENGINE DATA

Rotax 912

•     80–hp Rotax 912 with 2.000 hrs TBO
•     1211 c.c. 9.0 : 1 compression ratio
•     Gearbox: 2.27 : 1 reduction ratio
•     Fuel: Premium unleaded auto fuel or 100 LL Avgas

Rotax 912S

•     100–hp Rotax 912S with slipper clutch and 2.000 hrs. TBO
•     1352 c.c. 10.5 : 1 compression ratio
•     Gearbox: 2.43 : 1 reduction ratio
•     Fuel: Premium unleaded auto fuel or 100 LL Avgas

New! Rotax 912iS with fuel injection

•     100–hp Rotax 912iS with electric fuel injection and 2.000 hrs. TBO
•     1352 c.c. 10.5 : 1 compression ratio
•     Gearbox: 2.43 : 1 reduction ratio
•     Fuel: Premium unleaded auto fuel or 100 LL Avgas

GET COMFORTABLE

The 1.31m (52”) wide cabin of the MC can fit the tallest and smallest people as well. People with heights of 1,55 – 2,00 m (5’-1” to 6’-6”) sit comfortably. Ample storage space is provided by a convenient jacket shelf for in-flight needs and additional baggage compartments are also accessible from inside the cockpit. Two windows in the rear give the cockpit a open feeling and a good rearward 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 seats with molded foam padding andpneumatically adjustable seat cushion and lumbar support offer incomparable comfort and easy adjustment in height & length. The engine installation reduces vibration and cabin noise.

If you are finding it hard to find a Light Sport Airplane that fits you, try the MC, you will be pleasantly surprised.

Full dual controls and centrally located throttle quadrant are features of this ergonomically arranged cockpit. Easy to reach storage space and convenient map holders are thoughtfully provided.Standard ventilation and heating make flying the MC an all season event.

The MC allows up to 50 kg (110 lbs.) of baggage (total) to be safely stored in the storage compartments aft of the cabin area.

SERVICE

The new engine mount and control system design was developed with service and repairs in mind. The MC requires only a minimum of maintenance. At our Service Centers you can have this work done by our properly trained staff.

You can also participate in a 2 day owner’s training course at one of our Flight Design Service Centers. This course will enable you to do simple maintenance yourself supported by our detailed maintenance manual and parts manual supplied with each MC.

Our local ServiceCenter technicians are at your disposal for specialized work and repairs or to assist local mechanics on the basic maintenance of the MC.

DURABILITY

A modern airplane should be built with durability in mind. During the design process, long term durability was considered. Though not required by certification, the MC will undergo fatigue testing.

The lower material cost of the MC and its advanced design make it an affordable and intelligent choice.

The MC is finished in a two-part urethane paint which is beautiful, easy to take care of and very UV resistant. The urethane finish of MC will last years when properly maintained.

STRUCTURE

The MC structure is made from conventional steel and aluminum using solid rivet construction.

Modern technology enabled us to have a very high useful load for a light sport airplane, not only compared to other metal airplanes, but also with most of the composite airplanes on the market. Inside the structure is coated with zinc chromate to give very good corrosion resistance.

PRODUCTION

Production of the MC is performed in Ukraine by our young and highly motivated staff near the Black Sea resort area of the Crimea. Along with development of the original CT, our own R&D and manufacturing company was created.

We are constantly expanding our production facility and staff to meet the growing demand.

Ukraine has a strong aviation culture going back to the beginning of manned flight. Major airframe and component  manufacturers are now sourcing engineering and manufacturing here to take advantage of low production costs as well as one of the world highest engineering educational standards. The balance of safety and performance is attained through rational design, well organized manufacturing and the use of exceptional Western materials.

We are proud to be at the vanguard of aviation technology and a leader in bringing that structural and aerodynamic technology to the light plane industry.

PLEASE FLY SAFELY!

The MC was designed by our engineering staff with the flight safety, performance and comfort in mind.
Metal has been used for aircraft since the beginning days of flying. Using modern CAD and FEA design tools bring new possibilities.

The welded steel safety cell helps to protect you and your passenger. The engine mount and its support to a backbone structure in the fuselage reduce the possibility of engine intrusion into the cell. Standard four-point harnesses absorb energy and reduce possible loads to the pilot & passenger.

The strong windshielduprights and massive upper construction complete the safety cell. The fuel tanks are sensibly located in the wings. The MC fuel system is maintaining the safety of single lever operation.

The wide speed range and high structural margin of the MC give you peace of mind when the air gets bumpy.

The MC has been subjected to numerous static and complete flight-testing as a part of certification to 2 major Airworthiness Standards including: ASTM-FAA Light Sport Aircraft requirements and German LTF-BfU. Each MC is fully flight tested by our engineering test pilots and flown again after re-assembly and checked in the country of destination.

HAPPY LANDINGS!

Urethane polymer shock absorbers in the nose gear give high dampening and help to smooth out those hard landings we’ve all had. The composite main gear, developed and produced by a certified aerospace supplier is rugged and absorbs more than 50% of the energy on the first bounce.

New tires developed together with SAVA give the correct balance of durability, performance and light weight. Special long wear tires for Flight Schools are available.

AERODYNAMICS

The aerodynamic concept of the MC is the same as the famous CT but using metal as a basic material. Clever thinking has overcome convention creating a design that is both elemental and beautiful.

The long fuselage combined with a conventional stabilizer-elevator provides for exceptional dampening and pitch stability. The result for you the pilot is a smooth ride in turbulence and very easy landings.

The optimized shape of the fuselage reduces the drag and cleans the airflow to the stabilizer. A small fence at the trailing edge of the fuselage root rib closes the flap slot for negative flap deflections increasing lift and further reducing drag. The wing of the MC uses the same efficient airfoil as the CTLS with the new advanced winglets for reduced induced drag and improving climb, cruising range and aileron control at low speeds.