December  1999

CITEC-Europa first flight

On Friday 31-DEC-99,  Europa  G-WWWG completed its first flight in the capable hands of test pilot Graham Singleton.  The engine performed faultlessly and Graham was particularly complementary on the low levels of cockpit noise and vibration.  "Quieter than a Rotax" was one of his comments.  Performance was good with brisk acceleration during the takeoff role.  Unfortunately poor visibility limited flights to short hops only.  Changes to the oil cooling system and additional instrumentation will now be completed before more flights in the near future.

See: Initial impressions from test pilot Graham Singleton and Picture of first flight

July 1999

Deposits Taken for 2001 Production Bookings

Several deposits have now been taken for production engines for delivery in late 2001.

July 1999

Development Partner Agreement for Long Ez Installation

An agreement has been entered into with an undisclosed UK development partner who is working on an installation for the Long-Ez aircraft.  As with the other development partner deals, the customer will pay approximatelly half the UK launch price and receive a development engine in the next few months.  Their engine will be upgraded to a full production specification engine at end 2001.

July 1999

Strong Interest at the Cranfield PFA Rally

The Wilksch CITEC "WAM-120" was unveiled at the PFA's annual Rally and attracted a lot of interest.  A representative from the DTI attended the Rally on Friday to formalize Wilksch Airmotive's acceptance of a £300,000 SMART+ Grant.   In a statement, the Minister of science and Technology, John Battle wished the Company well with its exciting new products.