Avocet Aircraft : ProJet–Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) of Tel Aviv and Avocet Aircraft of Westpor.

ProJet–Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) of Tel Aviv and Avocet Aircraft of Westport, Conn., still appear to be partners in the development, certification and production of the proposed very light ProJet, according to Avocet founder and chairman Carey Wolchok. He said “it would not be appropriate at this time” to comment on details of the relationship with Israel Aircraft Industries, though he did claim that the company has signed “definitive agreements” with IAI. Further, Wolchok said advanced negotiations with a third partner, an “established business aviation OEM,” are under way for “product support plus.”

Meanwhile, projected certification of the $2 million ProJet has slipped six months to mid-2007, and an engine selection (Williams FJ33, P&WC PW6XX or Honda HF118) for the twinjet has yet to be made. The company plans to make “major announcements” at this month’s NBAA Convention.

Until the design is final, Avocet is taking “pre-orders” for the 7,160-pound-mtow jet, requiring a $5,000 fully refundable deposit. Once the design is finalized, customers will have 30 days to make a $50,000 deposit to hold the order. As announced at the NBAA Convention last October, charter operator Jet Partners of Cleveland has placed a pre-order for 100 ProJets for its UltraJet private jet membership company. Football legend Joe Montana, who owns an IAI Westwind II, has ordered one ProJet (S/N 16, his number while quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers) and agreed to serve on Avocet’s customer advisory board.

 

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