Melbourne, Fla.-based Maverick Jets has moved manufacturing of its five-seat Leader twinjet kitplane to Tbilisi Aerospace Manufacturing in the republic of Georgia, CIS, to take advantage of TAM’s 2.7 million-square-foot, ISO 9000-certified facility. Subsequently, some 50 employees involved in manufacturing in Melbourne were let go.
Almost a century ago, Henry Ford launched his Model T as a car for the masses and subsequently produced 15 million automobiles over 19 years. Camilo Salomon, president and CEO of Safire Aircraft, does not fancy himself a Henry Ford, but he has high hopes that the company’s six-place Safire Jet will become the personal jet for masses of owner-flown operators.
Chichester-Miles Consultants of Hertfordshire, England, “is financially in balance,” said founder and chairman Ian Chichester-Miles. He also said he has “made some advance in obtaining financing” to develop the Williams FJ33-powered Leopard Six, but is bound by a confidentiality agreement about this financing until, possibly, the end of this year.
Jim Christy, vice president of Hayden, Idaho-based Aerostar Aircraft, continues his search for an investor or investors willing to put up $50 million–while not demanding the whole store– to bring the proposed turbofan-powered derivative of the Piper Aerostar 600/700 through certification and into production.
Duluth, Minn.-based Cirrus Design flew its jet, now called the Vision SJ50, for the first time on July 3. The Williams FJ33-4A-19-powered prototype, under the control of test pilot Tim Berg, lifted off from Duluth International Airport and flew for 45 minutes before landing back at the airport.
The company expected to bring the flying prototype to last month’s EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wis.
Engineers at Duluth, Minn.-based Cirrus Design are still poring over telemetry data from the first flight of the company’s single-engine jet late last week. The Williams FJ33-4A-19-powered SJX prototype, under the control of test pilot Tim Berg, lifted off from Duluth International Airport on Thursday at approximately 10 a.m. and flew for 45 minutes before returning safely to the airport.
In a unique approach to corporate transportation, Englewood, Colo.-based Aviation Technology Group (ATG) has introduced a two-place executive jet called the Javelin, a full-scale mockup of which can be seen at Booth No. 1421.
The company has already accepted more than a dozen $25,000 refundable deposits–at least two here at NBAA ’02–for the $2.2 million aircraft. First deliveries are scheduled for the last quarter of 2005.
Williams International today will formally unveil its latest and most powerful turbofan, the 3,000-lb-thrust FJ44-3, a pair of which will power Cessna’s new CJ3. Williams has flown a development version of the new turbofan, on a CJ2 testbed.
Pratt & Whitney Canada announced last year at NBAA 2000 that it had embarked on development of a new line of turboprop, turboshaft and turbofan engines, the PW600 series, spanning a power range from 1,000- to 3,000-lb thrust (500- to 2,000-shp), and a demonstration program for geared turbofan engine technology.
Monument, Colo.-based Excel-Jet plans to bring the composite fuselage of its second Sport-Jet to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., next month and fly the new single-engine jet by the end of this year, according to company president Bob Bornhofen.