On December 15, the European Aviation Safety Agency awarded the type certificate for the Ibis Aerospace Ae270 turboprop single to Aero Vodochody, the Czech partner in the joint venture with Taiwan’s Aerospace Industries Development. FAA approval is expected shortly. Ibis said its expects to receive additional financing next year that will fund development to the production phase.
Aero Vodochody is demonstrating its L-159B advanced jet trainer at Dubai 2005 in a dynamic flight display, nurturing continuing hopes of sales in the region.
Aero Vodochody is showing key elements of its L-159B Advanced Training System making their international debut here at the Farnborough air show (Hall 3 Stand D17).
On March 13 Aero Vodochody engineers finished work on their 100th Sikorsky S-76C helicopter fuselage. The following day, the in-house Sikorsky representative signed off on the Czech Republic engineering house’s efforts, and airframe number 624, shrink-wrapped inside a waterproof membrane, was dispatched from Odolena Voda, a northern suburb of capital Prague.
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.
Sikorsky and China Aviation Industry Corp. II (AVIC II) have agreed to work together to jointly develop andbuild civil helicopters. The companies will also explore establishing AVIC II subsidiary Changhe Aircraft Industry as a second production source of S-76 fuselages (in addition to Aero Vodochody in the Czech Republic). Sikorsky is already in partnership with an AVIC II subsidiary that manufactures the S-92A tail pylon.
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