Identical LSA's On A Flight Around The World
On the one-hundredth anniversary of the first flight of an
airplane in Switzerland, a pair of European pilots departed an
airport in Sion, Switzerland intending to follow a
carefully-designed route around the planet. The two are flying
virtually identical Flight Design CTLS aircraft as part of a team
for the circumnavigation attempt.
On April 30th, "Two Swiss airline pilots left their home
country, each flying in a modified CTLS aircraft," announced Tom
Peghiny, president of Flight Design USA. Yannick Bovier, 37, and
Francisco Agullo, 41, departed Sion, Switzerland flying the first
leg of the around-the-world tour that will take them 27,500
miles through 18 countries and across five continents and two
oceans. The two pilots have named their aircraft 'Céline'
(registered as HB-WYA) and 'Dreamcatcher' (HB-WYB). Each carries
120 gallons of fuel. A stock CTLS carries 35 gallons of auto gas or
100LL giving it a range of more than 800 nautical miles.
"U.S. stops are planned for Miami, FL, Dallas, TX, Las Vegas,
NV, and Monterey, CA," reported John Gilmore, National Sales
Manager for Flight Design USA. "During their week in the USA,
currently planned for May 17-21, 2010, Flight Design USA is
arranging for Bovier and Agullo to meet American CT owners plus
"We believe this immense undertaking shows very well how
effective the CTLS can be at flying long distances," Gilmore
continued. "Most Americans may not fly around the world but they
regularly see the USA in their LSA from Flight Design."
In July 2007, a single CT was flown around the globe west to
east by two Indian military pilots to commemorate the 75th
anniversary of the Indian Air Force.