Ibis Aerospace announced new developments in its Ae270 programme on the eve of Asian Aerospace. The joint venture of Aero Vodochody of the Czech Republic and Taiwan's AIDC believes it will get Czech Civil Aviation Authority certification for the large cabin aircraft in mid-2002 and expects FAA certification to follow shortly afterwards.

The company believes the new executive configuration unveiled at last year's NBAA was well received and is riding high on the success of the first flight of its second flying prototype at the end of December. Ibis has added to its dealership network and named Cutter Aviation as authorised dealer in the southwest US. Unveiled

It has also unveiled the new website www.Ae270.com which replaces the earlier IbisAerospace.com. Will Cutter, president of Cutter Aviation, says: "The Ae270 offers the range and size our clients and prospects are looking for. It will prove a great fit for them and for Cutter."

First deliveries of the Ae270, for which there are at last count 27 firm orders worth in excess of $100 million, are projected for end 2002, according to the new site which also features comprehensive links to published news and features on the aircraft which Ibis believes can redefine the mission capability and economics of general aviation.

Visitors to Asian Aerospace can meet Ibis representatives in person at Hall C/215.

Source: Flight Daily News