EuroENAER's Eaglet single-engined, all-composite trainer made its maiden flight in Europe on 8 May.

The joint venture company, which was set up in January by Chile's ENAER and Dutch Piper dealer Jan Van Toorn to market the aircraft for European civil and military markets, is scheduled to receive European Joint Aviation Requirement 23 certification in September. The aircraft first flew in Chile nearly 10 years ago.

Although the company has received no orders for the $143,000 aircraft to date, it claims to be in negotiations with air forces and training schools.

EuroENAER plans to assemble between five and 10 Eaglets this year, increasing to 30 in 1999 and 50 a year thereafter.

Source: Flight International