Cobalt Aircraft Industries, the French designer of the Co50, has decided to create a U.S. corporation for development, certification, and production of its aircraft, company officials revealed at AirVenture, where the company unveiled its first prototype of the Co50 high-performance canard pusher aircraft.
David Loury, founder and CEO, said, “We are pleased to announce the creation of our U.S. branch, based in San Francisco, Calif. While a final assembly site is still under negotiation, the American activities of the company will be directed from these U.S. headquarters. We felt that we needed a creative, stimulating environment, and to get closer to our customer base.”
The U.S. branch will be a full duplicate of the French company based in Paris. Its activities will entail engineering, production and assembly, marketing and sales, and customer support for the American markets.
The company hopes to “tackle its FAR 23 certification program with the FAA before the end of the year, and flight testing is expected to commence at that time,” Loury added.
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