Ibis Aerospace’s Ae270, the company’s single-engine turboprop aircraft, received European Aviation Safety Agency type certification on Dec. 12, 2005. Aero Vodochody actually received the certification, since they’re the primary manufacturing contractor and hold an EASA design authorization.
Since the Federal Aviation Administration has been fully involved with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Czech Republic during the approval process, FAA certification is expected to be granted shortly after EASA certification.
Ibis Aerospace Ltd. is a joint venture company consisting of Aero Vodochody of the Czech Republic and AIDC of Taiwan R.O.C. Ibis Aerospace was established expressly to manufacture and market the Ae270 single-engine turboprop aircraft.
Ibis is expecting additional investment to come in 2006. The new investment will provide for continuation of the Ae270 development program and is intended to carry Ibis through the start of serial production.
The Ae270 propjet is a large-cabin, pressurized aircraft designed to carry up to 10 people (two crew plus eight passengers). The Ae270 can also be configured for bulk cargo.
For further information, visit [http://www.ae270.com].