Ibis Aerospace has resolved wing-mating issues that delayed prototypes and has started serial production of its Ae-270 Spirit single engine turboprop.
The Czech-Taiwanese company locked down the design for the Spirit with the production of the sixth and conforming prototype last month. The aircraft, which completed 35h of flight tests prior to being ferried to Orlando for the NBAA show, includes a split cargo door.
Jiri Fidransky, Ibis president, says problems in the wing-mating process that led to time-consuming misalignment of borings between the AIDC-manufactured wing and the Aero Vodochody fuselage have been solved through new component testing processes.
Source: Flight International