Millenium Aerospace is to relaunch the Foxjet, three decades after the six-seat, twin-engine aircraft, dubbed the original very light jet, was unveiled.

Millennium acquired Foxjet International in May from Tony Fox and unveiled the updated design, called the Foxjet II, at the AOPA Expo in Palm Springs, California earlier this month.

Millenium says it has clinched over 100 deposits for the $1.7 million aircraft from private individuals and air taxi operators. The Foxjet 600 made its debut in 1977 and by 1982 the company had clinched over $1 million worth of deposits for the aircraft.

The programme was shelved soon after, however, when the US government banned the civil application of the Williams International modified cruise missile engine, which was expected to power the Foxjet.

The Foxjet II will be powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PW615s. It is predicted to offer a cruise speed of 400kt (740km/h), a range of 2,250km (1,220nm) and a maximum take-off weight of 2,160kg (4,750lb), says Millenium.

Source: Flight International