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New C4 plane making waves at EAA AirVenture

July 29, 2011, 01:04 pm

One of the main highlights of the 2011 Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture is the mockup display of the new four-seat C4 plane by Flight Design. Company officials in Oshkosh said that the plane is turning out to be quite a hit.

The C4 has already received more than 60 pre-orders. The head of sales for the German-based company, John Doman, told General Aviation News, "We have about $16 million in backlog." The company has been taking surveys from pilots to find out the most desired aspects aviators want to see in the C4. "The input has been very valuable," Doman said.

The 1,320-lb. plane is designed to carry four people in addition to luggage and fuel. The cabin is four inches wider than that of a Cessna 182, and two engine choices will be available, one that burns avgas and another that burns diesel fuel.

People who make an early deposit of $7,000 will ensure that they receive one of the first 100 models released, and will also benefit from a $10,000 discount off the $250,000 asking price of the C4.

According to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, there are slightly more than 224,000 total general aviation aircraft in the United States. Anyone who owns an airplane and flies should look into life insurance for pilots.

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