Thursday, 30 September 2010

Jet lust

It seems that pilots aren't the only people with a touch of jet lust. Despite the less than positive economic situation, and the fact that none of the business jet manufacturers are exactly booming, it looks like we may be getting a couple of new players in the market...

First to break cover is Daher-Socata, manufacturers of the TBM850. The French company has teamed up with Allied Aviation Technologies to continue development of the Grob SPn jet. When Grob declared bankruptcy, AAT acquired some of the assets, including the remaining development airframes and the IP.

The second manufacturer planning a move into the jet league is Pilatus. To be fair, the Swiss company hasn't actually said that they're getting into the jet market, and I'm sure that they'd deny it if you asked, but....watch this space...

Thanks to Rod Simpson for the picture

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