Sat, Jul 31, 2004
Weeks Of Worries Culminate In Bad News
Rumors of serious trouble with the once-high-flying Europa kit
aircraft operation in the UK have been confirmed at Oshkosh 2004.
After a number of complaints from builders were reported to ANN;
evidence accumulated that confirmed that a number of orders for
parts and components have gone undelivered, calls are not being
returned, and the UK company is now embroiled in legal difficulties
that one Oshkosh display staffer and kit-builder termed
"Bankruptcy" (or the UK equivalent).
Additional background information by Oshkosh personnel indicate
that under UK Law, an administrator had been appointed, and would
be overseeing the affairs of the struggling company.
Oshkosh customers added that a number of the purchasers who had
been left with parts orders unfulfilled were contemplating legal
action over their dillemma. The resulting atmosphere among
builders/flyers is mixed. While most agree that the quality and
history of the design holds too much merit to disappear altogether,
there is great concern over whether those with paid orders pending
will ever see their merchandise.
US officials of the Europa operation appear to be attempting to
offer whatever information and support that they can, while
information and support from the UK has dwindled to wholly
unsatisfactory levels... with particular criticism leveled at
Europa's Keith Wilson.
ANN is awaiting return calls from Europa US and UK staffers.
We'll have more to say when those conversations are completed.
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