Advanced Aerodynamics and Structures (AASI) has acquired the final critical machinery needed for full-scale production of its Jetcruzer 500 turboprop, slated to begin later this quarter.

The equipment includes a 150t (330,400lb) hydro press system to mass-produce parts, a three-axis milling machine and high-precision measuring equipment.

Long Beach, California-based AASI is performing maximum cruise speed tests on the six-seat Pratt & Whitney PT6A-66A-powered single, for which it has chalked up more than 180 orders, valued at $220 million. Certification and first deliveries are planned for late this year.

Source: Flight International