October 6, 2008
Piaggio Aero now has a third co-owner. Tata Limited acquired a one-third stake in Piaggio to join Ferrari and Di Masi as owners of the Italian company.
Tata Limited is a U.K. subsidiary of Inidan manufacturer Tata Sons—a company with 2007-2008 sales of $62.5 billion. According to Piaggio, Tata’s investment (a purchase of existing and new shares) is “founded on a belief...that the business aviation market will continue to expand significantly.”
Piaggio says that it expects to deliver 30 of its Avanti II twin turboprops in 2008, 38 in 2009, and 40 to 50 per year in 2010 and beyond. There are now 161 total aircraft in the worldwide Piaggio fleet; 100 are based in the United States.
In other news, Piaggio announced that Elliott Aviation of Moline, Ill., would be one of the airplane’s newest authorized service centers. Elliott has four locations in the Midwest. Currently, Piaggio has 15 service centers around the world.
Piaggio also said that it is selling its original factory north of Genoa, Italy, and building a brand-new factory in Villanova D’Albenga. The new factory should be completed in 2010.
Pipistrel, the Slovenian manufacturer of several eco-friendly, electrically powered airplanes, has announced its new two-seat trainer, the WATTsUP.
A proposal to build hundreds of homes next to Stafford Regional Airport in Virginia is ill-advised, AOPA has told local officials.
Nevada’s governor is being asked to add funding to the budget for the state aviation trust fund.
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