Englewood, Colo.-based Aviation Technology Group announced last month it had selected Albuquerque, N.M., as the manufacturing site for the two-seat, Williams FJ33-powered Javelin. The selection followed the approval by the New Mexico Investment Council of a “significant investment” in ATG at a meeting on January 20. The state’s Private Equity Committee had earlier recommended the investment to the council. Details of the agreement are being finalized.
ATG had investigated sites in 18 cities in 13 states. Said George Bye, ATG president, “New Mexico’s business climate coupled with Albuquerque’s economic and physical assets offered distinct advantages over alternative sites.” The startup airplane manufacturer is planning a 100,000-sq-ft facility at Albuquerque Double Eagle II Airport, although operations might begin at a 10,000-sq-ft facility at Albuquerque International Airport, Bye explained. ATG expects to employ more than 200 people in manufacturing and engineering as it begins production of the Javelin in the next three to four years.
The company expects to complete and fly the first Javelin developmental prototype this September and obtain FAA certification in early 2007.