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American content in German design; U.S. importer further increases 'domestic content'.

Detroit auto manufacturers use the phrase "Domestic Content" to explain the portion of their vehicles that is fabricated in America. For several years, importer Flight Design USA has been using an increasing portion of USA made components in the CT and MC series aircraft they sell to Americans.

Why use more "domestic content?" Flight Design USA cites many reasons including: high-quality and well-respected American parts, easier servicing of parts subject to normal wear, plus lower costs. While some countries offer low cost labor, aerospace parts made to precise standards are often best sourced from U.S. producers.

"We are pleased to announce that Flight Design USA will be using an American-made Sensenich three-blade composite propeller, the Dynon Mode S transponder, and Desser 4.00 x 6 inch tires and tubes," reported Flight Design USA president, Tom Peghiny. According to staff at German manufacturer Flight Design GmbH, the Desser tires are more durable than the Sava tires previously used plus the Sensenich and Dynon brands are well accepted by U.S. buyers.

Previously Flight Design USA announced the following American-sourced components: brake systems (Matco); airframe parachute (BRS); radios and avionics (Garmin); intercom (PS Engineering); EFIS/EMS glass displays (Dynon); optional autopilot (TruTrak); and additionally, oil hoses; fire sleeve material; and other items.

"We have steadily increased the American-made content in our CT and MC series of Light-Sport Aircraft," reported John Gilmore, national sales manager for Flight Design USA. "Our customers appreciate the value of 'Made in America' and it enables us to provide a very high level of professional service and support."

"Flight Design made a decision four years ago to increase the U.S. content of our aircraft whenever possible. Doing so reduces our exposure to exchange rate fluctuations," explained Peghiny. "And our American owners also think this is worthy; they get faster service, lower prices, and can communicate in their own language and with no time zone or exchange rate problems. He estimated that close to 50 percent of the value of the aircraft comes from American suppliers.

Press release issued by Flight Design GmbH on April 8, 2011

 

 Contact details from our directory:
Flight Design GmbH Airframer
Sensenich Propeller Manufacturing Co. Wooden Propellers, Metal Propellers, Composite Propellers
Dynon Avionics, Inc. Electronic Flight Instrument Systems, Engine Health Monitoring, Autopilots, GPS, Onboard Intercom Systems, Radar Transponders, Angle of Attack Indicators

 

 Related aircraft programs:
Flight Design CT

 

 Related directory sectors:
Rotors & Propellers
Indicators and Instruments

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