As I taxied in and around the row of T-hangars to the local FBO, I saw the CT sitting there on the ramp. The airplane has been described as a "flying egg" or a "pod with wings," and if you look at the accompanying photographs you can see why. One thing to note, though, is that in photographs the airplane looks much bigger than it actually is.
Now, it doesn't much matter what you build an LSA out of as long as it meets industry standards for design and construction. So you might expect a lot of these airplanes to be built out of steel tubing and doped fabric, like Cubs and Champs, or out of sailcloth and aluminum tubing, like ultralight-style experimentals.
Instead the CT is constructed mostly from carbon fiber and Kevlar, and the engine is the certified four-cylinder four-stroke 100-hp Rotax 912-S, a more modern engine than the IO-550 in the SR22. And the quality of the design, and the fit and finish, is done with typical German precision. It's an impressive package.
The beautiful cantilever wing on the CT is 30 feet in span, which looks even longer because the airplane is only 20 feet in length. With its sailplane-like high-aspect ratio design and big slotted flaps, the CT wing makes a lot of lift and can keep flying at what seem like ridiculously slow speeds (34 knots) to people transitioning from conventional singles.
Part of the preflight was to climb up on the wing to check the fuel level. While this is a chore that pilots of low wingers don't miss, it does indicate a good thing: that the fuel, in fact all 34 gallons (a lot) of it, is in the wing.
Once I climbed inside the airplane, not a difficult chore at all by little-airplane standards, the "pod" design suddenly made a lot of sense. Unlike conventional two-seaters, in which flying with a companion is inescapably an intimate experience, in the CT you're barely within shouting distance of your cockpit partner. There's elbow, shoulder and headroom to spare. Nice.
The cockpit is surprisingly spare, but in a high-tech kind of way. The seats are comfy leather-upholstered shells that adjust back and forward, and the long-throw sticks are bent so that they fall nicely to hand. The panel itself is a pod within a pod. Again, it's a spartan layout; remember, as per the regs, it's a VFR airplane. But the gauges are nicely located, low enough to preserve the marvelous view the big-windowed egg shell provides.