Enaer is trying to interest South American government agencies in Argentina, Chile and Columbia in its new two-seat side-by-side Eaglet light utility aircraft. The Mexican police had shown interest in the composite aircraft for observation work.

The company delivered the first new prototype airframe to its Dutch joint venture Euro-Enaer in February. The aircraft is being fitted with avionics, interior and Textron Lycoming O-320 piston engine and is expected to fly by the end of March.

According to Brig Gen Alfredo Guzman, Enaer's executive director, after more than a year of delay Euro-Enaer hopes to secure European Joint Aviation Authorities JAR 23 certification by May (Flight International, 15-21 December 1999). "Having the Netherlands certify the aircraft for Europe will make it easier to sell in Latin America. We'll look at the US market later," he adds.

Source: Flight International