Assembly and integration of the Aviation Technology Group Javelin prototype continues to accelerate at Soloy in Olympia, Wash. The company has joined the front and rear sections of the fuselage and will soon mate the wing with the fuselage. Electrical, flight control and fuel system components have been arriving from their respective suppliers and are now being installed.
Aviation Technology Group
ATG’s Javelin program has entered a challenging period, a time when the company is ready to move forward with the program but does not have the resources to do so. “ATG has been diligently working behind the scenes to secure funding to sustain the Javelin development program through FAA certification,” the company said, and it has hired Citigroup to help secure private-equity funding.
Attempting to jump on the homeland-defense bandwagon, Aviation Technology Group at Denver Centennial Airport proposed earlier this year that its twin-engine, tandem two-seat “personal jet” could indeed perform military service as a subsonic (Mach 0.92) interceptor.
For the very elite, a BBJ could be considered a personal jet. But for most owner-pilots, the term “personal jet” conjures up visions of something considerably smaller, perhaps even fighter-like. Interestingly, George Bye’s vision of a personal jet grew out of a course in advanced aerodynamics he taught to budding fighter pilots at Sheppard AFB in the 1980s. “The Javelin is the fighter we used in the course,” he told AIN.
Of more than 30 new business jet designs now in various stages of development, no fewer than seven are very light jet (VLJ) projects represented here at the
European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition.
Nearly all of these projects are clean-sheet designs, typically absorbing more money and time than variants of existing designs and demonstrating the faith aircraft manufacturers have in this prospective new market.
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.
Aviation Technology Group (ATG) is expecting to receive FAA certification and begin customer deliveries of the Javelin two-seat jet next year. The company recently moved its hangar operations from Colorado’s Centennial Airport to Front Range Airport, where manufacturing and flight operations are located. The company’s headquarters remain at Centennial.
Aviation Technology Group’s Javelin very light jet (VLJ) prototype flew for the first time last Friday. ATG markets the ejection-seat-equipped, two-place aircraft as a military trainer as well as a business jet. During the 35-minute mission from Centennial Airport, Colo., test pilots flew the prototype to 12,000 feet and 180 knots with its gear down.
Aviation Technology Group of Englewood, Colo., said last month that the Javelin demonstrator prototype is undergoing final assembly at ATG’s research and development facilities in Englewood.
According to Aviation Technology Group, the assembly of its Javelin demonstrator prototype is progressing rapidly at Soloy’s facilities in Olympia, Wash. The test aircraft is currently being fitted with systems, in preparation for first flight early this year (a delay of one quarter from original estimates). Before Thanksgiving, the company completed structural testing on the prototype’s wings.