Leads Market In Both Countries; Outsells 3-5 Place Companies
Combined In US
According to government records in each country, Flight Design
owns approximately 20% of the market in the two largest aviation
nations: the United States and Germany. And, the company says, it
has maintained or increased this share over several years.
Elaboration of FAA's aircraft registration database show the
German brand has held a dominant portion of the market for the
three years that light-sport aircraft have existed, despite an
arguable glut of 75 new models of LSA now on the market.
Flight Design states has more than twice the number of
registered LSA of its closest competitor, American Legend, and its
Cub replica. Flight Design notes it also has more market share than
the combined registrations of the third-, fourth-, and fifth-ranked
companies -- Evektor, Tecnam, and CubCrafters.
According to figures cited in a noted German flight magazine,
the company also holds a significant share of the German market.
"Continuously leading the market, Flight Design's market share
increased from 15.8% in 2006 to 19.9% in 2007. Flight Design
congratulates the German dealers for their exceptional result,"
said Matthias Betsch, CEO of Flight Design GmbH.
Flight Design notes it has logged more sales in Germany than the
second and third most popular brands. This statement carries even
more impact, as sport aircraft outnumber general aviation aircraft
in Europe by a 4:1 margin -- unlike the US, where the general
aviation industry supplies about 80% of all piston aircraft.
Serial production of the larger CTLS started in mid-November
2007, and the company recently shipped its first three CTLS
aircraft for the US market, as ANN reported. The German
producer also continues to sell its CTSW both in the USA and
throughout Europe, where the SW model meets local regulations.
The company is also seeking EASA adoption of the ASTM standards
now used to certify light-sport aircraft in the United States, a
move that could further open European markets.