As France-based Daher-Socata considers whether to add a twin-engine aircraft to a line that includes its TBM 850 turboprop single, it remains active as an aerostructure specialist in still-under-wraps business jet programs.
Grob G180 SPn
Daher-Socata announced Tuesday that it will not build the moribund Grob SPn utility jet. Socata, which manufactures the TBM850 turboprop single, had been evaluating the all-composite SPn twinjet since late 2010 as a more economical alternative to a clean-sheet new aircraft program.
Daher-Socata is targeting the end of the year for a decision on whether to resurrect the defunct Grob SPn light business jet. The approval or rejection of the program restart will be based on “ongoing technical, cost and market analyses,” a Daher spokesperson told AIN. The manufacturer of the TBM850 turboprop has transferred two SPns to its Tarbes, France base, where one of them is flying.
Will 2011 be the year that Daher-Socata finally launches the twin-engine eight- to 10-seat NTx? Last year’s hiring of Stéphane Mayer as CEO seemed to indicate that formal launch of the NTx would be forthcoming, but meanwhile Daher-Socata has expressed interest in reviving the moribund Grob SPn all-composite jet program.
Daher-Socata is jointly studying plans for a new aircraft development under an exclusive agreement with Allied Aviation Technologies, which owns the assets of the SPn light business jet program on behalf of the main creditor for the aircraft's former developer Grob Aerospace.
Daher-Socata confirmed that it is jointly studying plans for a new aircraft development under an exclusive agreement with Allied Aviation Technologies, which owns the assets of the SPn light business jet program on behalf of the main creditor for Grob Aerospace, the aircraft’s former developer.
An agreement for German investors to take over the trainer aircraft business of the insolvent Grob Aerospace group might have cleared the way for a separate deal to resurrect the SPn light business jet program. On January 28, Grob’s insolvency administrator, Dr.
Work is progressing on Spectrum Aeronautical’s all-composite S.40 Freedom midsize jet, but the first-flight dates have been pushed back, from a previously planned end-of-2008 to late 2009 or early 2010, according to director of sales Gary Bushouse. Even with the delays, the Freedom will likely be the next all-composite jet to take flight, now that the Grob SPn program has been halted.
Grob Aerospace insolvency administrator Dr. Michael Jaffé announced today that two companies have expressed interest in taking over the German aircraft manufacturer.
Newly appointed StandardAero vice president of business development for business aviation Claude Chidiac wants his new employer to offer the best customer service possible. “The ultimate goal is to make the execution flawless and to get StandardAero to be the number-one [service provider] as far as customers are concerned,” Chidiac said.
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