REIMS AVIATION president Jean-Paul Pellessier says that he will decide on whether to resume licence production of Cessna piston-singles "within a few weeks", following the US manufacturer's decision to re-start production of such types at the beginning of 1997.

"I am very enthusiastic about it, but there are still questions about the market and the investment that would be necessary," says Pellessier. Reims Aviation retains the manufacturing licence for all small Cessnas sold to Europe and Africa. It has continued to produce Cessna 406 twins at its Reims factory in France.

The company has undergone hard times since Cessna, hit by US product-liability legislation, stopped producing its line of small singles. Changes in the legislation have resulted in Cessna's decision to move back into the sector.

Source: Flight International