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REGIONAL DISTRIBUTOR RANKS GROW Flight Design USA Appoints Two New Representatives

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June 25, 2013





Flight Design USA Appoints Two New Representatives


South Woodstock, CONN. / June 25, 2013 - As sales in the Light-Sport Aircraft sector continue to show a much stronger 2013, Flight Design USA is pleased to announce new distributor representatives to its organization. In May 2013, the importer of the top-selling Flight Design CT series is pleased to welcome Flight Design South East LLC and Americana Aviation.


"We are very pleased to appoint Flight Design South East, operated by Walt Conlogue as the distributor for a territory including North and South Carolina, Virginia, northern Georgia, and eastern Tennessee," said Flight Design USA president Tom Peghiny. "Very well known in his community of Wilmington, North Carolina, Walt is a longtime aviation businessman who has been involved in the LSA sector since its beginning making him a particularly desirable candidate for our company."


"After decades in the aviation business, we knew what it would take to have a good relationship between an LSA manufacturer, its distributors, and our company," said Conlogue, a principal of Flight Design South East. "Foremost it was important that the manufacturer had years of experience in building LSAs and enjoyed a significant portion of the U.S. market. After conducting our research, everything pointed to acquiring a relationship with Flight Design."


"We also welcome Americana Aviation as a distributor," said Peghiny. In south Florida, Americana has been an important dealer in south Florida, which tends to be the contact point for significant south American interest. "Chris Benaiges and Tony Alvarez are strong business people with complimentary skill sets that should benefit the operation of a distributorship," Peghiny added.


"The Flight Design CTLS is a cutting edge aircraft that has revolutionized the General Aviation market; it is the aircraft that has first time flyers saying, 'This is a real airplane.' The CTLS is an airplane that has it all, visibility, fuel range, fuel economy, baggage space, BRS parachute, and glass panel," said Chris Beniages, one of two partners operating Americana Aviation. "Flight Design has become the industry leader in the LSA market." An ATP, Benaiges also flies for a U.S. airline.


Flight Design distributors are tasked with ordering aircraft in multiples to support the dealerships in their territory. They also manage those dealers and coordinate service for customer. Both functions require stronger management and financial capabilities; Flight Design South East and Americana Aviation were found up to the task during the vetting process by Flight Design USA.



Flight Design is a 25-year-old manufacturer based in Germany. The company remains the worldwide Light-Sport Aircraft market leader thanks to its popular CT series of aircraft. More than 1,800 of these aircraft are flying in 39 countries. One of the first aircraft certified under ASTM International standards in 2005, the CT ("composite technology") remains the top-selling LSA in America through eight consecutive years. Flight Design sold the first LSA to India and was the first LSA to earn Chinese Type Design Approval. Three times a CT has been flown around the world. In 2011, the German company unveiled its C4 four seat aircraft based on the CT technology.


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