January 24, 2011
By Alton K. Marsh
Gobosh Aviation, which imports the all-metal Polish Aero AT-4 under the name Gobosh (the letters of the name stand for “Go Big or Stay Home”), has been sold to three Denver-area investors. The Gobosh ranks sixteenth in market share in the U.S. light sport aircraft (LSA) market, with 26 sold through December 2010. The AT-4 is the LSA version of the Aero AT-3 aircraft sold in Europe.
One of the investors, Chris Dillis, also owns a Denver flying club, Skyraider Aviation, with locations in north and south Denver. The Gobosh import and sales business, as yet unnamed, will operate as a separate entity from the Skyraider Aviation flying club and have a separate office at Centennial Airport. The investors are concluding the deal under the name Aerospace Capital Partners LLC, a name that will change to include the Gobosh brand. The deal will be completed by February.
Initial efforts will be to import the Aero AT-4, sold in this country as the $130,000 Gobosh 700. There is also a Gobosh 800, the light sport version of the all-composite Aveko aircraft built in the Czech Republic that was considered a “luxury” LSA.
“We haven’t addressed the 800. We will support 800 with spare parts,” said Dillis. Dillis said he plans to explore cost-saving measures that could reduce the price of the aircraft, although at $130,000 it is less than some of the leading brands of LSAs. One reason for the effort to reduce the price of the aircraft is to attract buyers from the training industry.
“In order to remain viable,” Dillis said, “flight schools will need a quality light sport aircraft that will appeal to students and instructors alike.”
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
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