Fairchild aircraft

February 4, 2008 - 10:41am

Leesburg, Va.-headquartered AvCraft Aviation’s takeover of Fairchild Dornier’s 328 program, including the 328JET production line at Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, was pronounced complete on March 26 by insolvency administrator Dr. Eberhard Braun, who is responsible for selling off the various divisions of the bankrupt aircraft manufacturer. According to the plant’s new management, production should resume during the first quarter of next year.

January 28, 2008 - 6:29am

When reports began circulating last month that Leesburg, Va.-based AvCraft Aviation had reached an agreement to buy Fairchild Dornier’s 328 production and associated support businesses in Germany, signs of a less-than-healthy state of affairs within AvCraft, particularly at its Tyler, Texas-based repair station, emerged as fast as disgruntled ex-employees could log onto their e-mail servers.

January 28, 2008 - 6:29am

When reports began circulating last month that Leesburg, Va.-based AvCraft Aviation had reached an agreement to buy Fairchild Dornier’s 328 production and associated support businesses in Germany, signs of a less-than-healthy state of affairs within AvCraft, particularly at its Tyler, Texas-based repair station, emerged as fast as disgruntled ex-employees could log onto their e-mail servers.

January 9, 2008 - 4:20am

Fairchild Dornier on December 20 sold its Airbus components manufacturing and general maintenance businesses to Switzerland’s RUAG Aerospace after weeks of intense competition between the Swiss firm and the Russian partnership of Irkutsk Aircraft Works and Basic Element.

December 18, 2007 - 11:07am

Creditors expect to start reviewing a status report due on November 2 from a court-appointed insolvency administrator for Fairchild Dornier’s 728 program division, just as the most recent target date for first flight of the 70-seat regional jet once again passes uneventfully. Scheduled for this year’s fourth quarter, the 728’s first flight now couldn’t happen until late next year–if ever.

November 30, 2007 - 12:12pm

Fairchild SA-227-AC, Grain Valley, Mo., Aug. 17, 2006–The captain of the Sierra West Airlines flight cited lack of sleep as the reason he made a hard landing five feet short of the runway threshold at East Kansas City Airport at 3:51 p.m. He said that he and the first officer, who was slightly injured, had gone on duty the previous day at 8:30 p.m. at El Paso and had had no sleep since.

November 30, 2007 - 10:29am

Leesburg, Va.-based AvCraft last month signed a contract to buy the Fairchild Dornier 328 program and its associated support businesses. The deal, at press time still subject to government approvals, would include the rights to the Fairchild name, the plant and equipment for the manufacture of 328s and 18 fully built 328JETs in storage at the bankrupt company’s Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany manufacturing complex.

October 12, 2007 - 6:03am

Based on the facts that no company has yet emerged with Fairchild Dornier’s 728JET program more than one year after the beleaguered German-American OEM declared insolvency and that the other parts of the company have now found homes with three other firms (see pages R14 and R16 in this month’s RAA Supplement), we removed the Envoy 7, the corporate version of the 728JET, from our “In The Works” chart last month.

October 8, 2007 - 1:16pm

The lawyer representing former Fairchild Dornier employees issued a statement on May 14 that reasserts a court petition to force the company’s U.S. subsidiaries into Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The statement came just two weeks after the law firm of Campbell Miller Zimmerman expressed optimism over Fairchild Dornier’s assurances that it would “immediately” address its U.S.

October 8, 2007 - 12:12pm

The severe financial problems at Fairchild Dornier have left the Envoy 3 and 7 programs in doubt. Ironically (or perhaps intentionally), the 728 regional jet platform for the Envoy 7 was rolled out on March 21, just before the company filed for insolvency on April 2.

 
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