chanik Posted November 16, 2011 Report Share Posted November 16, 2011 I got this from Karsten, the german CT pilot who came to Page last year and wanted to share it. Apparently, a plurality of German CT pilots are pretty down on the CT after this flutter incident and FD's response to it. I have found FD here to be a bit slow responding but not too bad for a small organization. I find it striking since this is very different from the comments I get about most CT owner experiences in the US, I think. Karsten has had no luck getting any response from Flight Design in Germany after many inquiries and is now planning to sell his CT as he now has low faith in the design. This is translated a bit off likely with Google: "Caution to all CT-pilots: Heavy construction failure, Limitation to 225km/h Vne at the CTSW, Safety at the CTSW and Customer care from FlightDesign Hello CT-Pilots and future CT-Pilots. Some of you are affected from the limitation of the Vne to 225km/h of the CTSW for more than one year. This based to an accident of our CTSW. On the 5th of June 2010 the elevator is broken after heavy rudder flutter. The emergency landing took place without complication. On the 23th of June the plane was repaired by advice of the BFU at a FlightDesign-Shop. The checkflight after the repair was aborted after repeated rudder flutter. FlightDesign ordered a test institution for a Ground Vibration Test. The SafetyAlert was written on 14th of September (10 weeks after the repair! ). On the 22th of September we got the plane back (with the SA) and paid 50% of the envoice. In spite of twice phonecalls per week, the repair didn´t go on. So we couldn´t fly for three month (half of the season). We paid the part of the envoice although we think, that there´s an contruction failure. Pictures and a video of the accident are available link . For more informations feel free to ask. Flight Design said, “…operated outside the allowed speed range (313 km/h ground speed), in combination with maximum control surface deflection (1/3 allowed)…” That was not true. The BFU calculated true airspeed was 306km/h, and about the maximum control surface deflection, it was max 1/4….make your own opinion to the fact, FD used. Build your own mind about the care of customer and the responsibility to contruction failures with Flight Design. Hopefully you never have a failure at your CT and depend to the service of Flight Design." Remarks for US- pilots: BFU: german Federal flight-accident investigation Never we flow over 300 km/h!!!! What FD says, is absolutely farytale. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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