Fri, Nov 11, 2005
Ibis Aerospace Ltd. tells ANN that it expects to receive type
certification of its Ae270 single-engine turboprop aircraft
shortly. The company added that all required actions for
certification of the Ae270 aircraft have been completed and the
company is waiting for final notification by Civil Aviation
Authorities in the Czech Republic (CAA CZ).
The news of certification comes on receipt of written
confirmation from the CAA CZ. Ibis received this news days before
the company met with its board of directors last month in Taiwan.
In the letter, the CAA CZ stated that they had in their possession
all of the information necessary to issue a CAA CZ Technical Visa
and that they expect this issuance to result in an Type Certificate
to be released by EASA in December 2005. EASA is charged with
specific regulatory and executive tasks within the European Union.
Since the US FAA has also been fully involved with the CAA CZ
during the approval process, FAA certification is expected to be
granted shortly after EASA certification.
Prior to making this announcement, Ibis noted that all of the
flight tests required to evaluate performance and flight
characteristics had been completed. Flight testing of the Ae270
included 672 flights on one prototype, accumulating 714 hours 40
minutes. A second prototype logged 164 flights totaling 192 hours.
An additional 438 flights were logged on a preproduction aircraft
that accumulated 510 hours. The final flight of the Ae270
certification program was successfully performed by the CAA CZ on
October 4, 2005.
The Ae270 will be certified under FAR Part 23. Certification of
the Ae270 involved compliance with regulations in two sections of
FAR 23 by using Equivalent Level of Safety (ELOS), a condition
previously approved by the FAA. EASA is scheduled to review this
documentation for acceptance and final verification.
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. As primary manufacturing
contractor, Aero Vodochody will release the final reports on the
certification, including FAR Part 23 and ELOS criteria.
Ibis further announced that the company has completed an
investment plan for a new investor. This investment plan has been
agreed to by the Ibis board of directors and discussions with an
identified investment source continue. Ibis is expecting this
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 ten people (two crew plus eight
passengers). The Ae270 can also be configured for bulk cargo.
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