Ibis Aerospace, a joint venture company formed by Aero Vodochody of the Czech Republic and Aerospace Industrial Development Corp. of Taiwan, flew the prototype of its Ae270 single-engine turboprop in front of a public audience for the first time at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, France, in June. A second prototype is expected to fly by the end of this month.
While the first Ibis Aerospace Ae270 has logged about 75 flight hours, the second flying prototype (aircraft number three) is now not expected to make its first flight for another few weeks, according to Jeff Conrad, Ibis marketing director.
Ibis Aerospace has quashed speculation that Taiwan’s Aerospace Industrial Development Corp. (AIDC) is preparing to withdraw its investment in the company’s Ae270 Spirit business and utility turboprop.
While Ibis Aerospace officials have been cheering publicly for months that the Ae270 Spirit turboprop single is nearing FAA and EASA approval, their mood behind closed doors was likely more muted. This is because the Ae270, until recently expected to be certified late this or early next year, is not meeting performance guarantees and won’t enter production in its current form, a U.S. spokesman told AIN last month.