The new Flight Design MC, introduced this
week at EAA AirVenture, is the 2009 Sweepstakes plane, thanks to the
generosity of Flight Design GmbH and Flight Design USA and their support
of EAA's youth initiatives. Flight Design USA President Tom Peghiny
handed the keys to the plane to EAA President Tom Poberezny in a
ceremony on Friday evening, August 1.
In donating the airplane, Peghiny said,
"We're pleased to offer this aircraft to EAA for its 2009
sweepstakes in recognition of the association's efforts in promoting the
development of the light-sport aircraft category. We're also happy to
support EAA's sweepstakes, which raises funds to support EAA's youth
activities and other programs."
In accepting the airplane, Poberezny said, "EAA truly appreciates
Flight Designs recognition of our efforts to make the sport pilot and
light-sport aircraft rules a reality. It was a long, arduous process,
but we were successful because of the hard work of many." Poberezny
then acknowledged Peghiny's leadership in the LSA movement, particularly
his involvement with the development of the ASTM standards.
The high-wing 2009 MC was introduced on
Monday, July 28, on AeroShell Square. Flight Design says the MC (Metal
Concept) is designed for people who love flying and want some utility in
their aircraft. It features a 51.6-inch wide cabin, with a steel
airframe in the cockpit area covered by a carbon fiber shell. The wing
and aft fuselage are aluminum. The aircraft is available with standard
steam gauge instruments or full glass panel. A whole airframe emergency
parachute is standard. Base price is $98,000 at the current euro
"We know many pilots and flight
schools like an airframe construction they are used to maintaining and
repairing, said Matthias Betsch, president of Flight Design GmbH,
"thus we embraced the concept of building a metal airplane. It
combines performance and utility in a pleasing package that continues
the Flight Design look."
The airplane has a maximum cruise speed
of 115 knots, a takeoff run of 780 feet, and range of about 500 nautical
miles on 25.4 gallons of fuel, with a useful load of 520 pounds.
"The MC is fully ready and will enter production immediately, with
deliveries beginning in the first quarter of 2009," said Betsch.
"That is our company policy-to not introduce an airplane until it
is fully ready for production."
AirVenture attendees began crowding
around the plane as soon as Flight Design employees began attaching the
"Win Me" stickers to the plane earlier on Friday afternoon.
"Lots of people were very excited to learn that this plane would be
the sweepstakes prize next year," said Ken Godin, Flight Design
sales manager. They wanted to know when and where they could begin
entering." The answer to that question is mid-October according to
Matt Miller of EAA's Development Office. Watch EAA's website and
magazines for more information.
You can look over the 2009 EAA
Sweepstakes airplane at the Flight Design exhibit (5,6,12, 13) on the
south side of AeroShell Square near the main gate. At 3 p.m. on Sunday,
the aircraft will be moved to AeroShell Square for more viewing.