In light of the placement of New Zealand planemaker Alpha
Aviation into Receivership last month, US-based general aviation
aircraft manufacturer Liberty Aerospace tells ANN it has decided to
honor customer deposits from Alpha Aviation clients, towards the
purchase of a new Liberty XL2 aircraft.
"The possible exit of Alpha Aviation from the market will be a
significant loss to the aviation community," said Keith Markley,
Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Aerospace. "As an industry we
are dedicated to working together, and our offer is intended to
keep the aviation community flying by delivering modern aircraft to
those buyers who still wish to own a new aircraft."
Liberty Aerospace will honor unfulfilled customer deposits
previously placed on new, undelivered Alpha 120T, 160A and 160Ai
aircraft, as a deposit on a new Liberty XL2 aircraft, subject to
program requirements. Customers should be willing to provide proof
of their previous deposit, and enter into a binding purchase
Liberty will honor up to a maximum of $10,000 towards the
purchase price of an XL2 with no further funds being required until
delivery. This opportunity is being offered for a limited time and
is dependent on market response.
As ANN reported, Alpha
entered liquidation proceedings January 22. The company was
established in 2004 to build the French-designed two-seat Robin
R2160 and 2120 single-engine aircraft.
The company had ambitious plans to sell the generally
well-regarded Robin -- renamed the Alpha 200 series -- in the
worldwide training market. The aircraft earned FAA
type-certification last year.