Faintest Rumors around AAI

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Faintest Rumors around AAI

Postby Rajay » Mon Mar 21, 2016 3:27 pm

It's been too long since anyone posted anything in this Albatross forum, so I went looking for "news." To me, one of the biggest, on-going "mysteries" in the Albatross community is who is "Amphibian Aircraft International" and what are their plans for the Albatross since buying up FAA Type Certificate no. A22SO for the G-111 variant, which is the only variant approved for commercial operations under FAA Part 25 Transport Category guidelines.

According to TCDS A22SO, Amphibian Aircraft International bought that TC in July 2010 and their registered agent here in the US is a law firm in Leesburg, VA, but they are actually a foreign company. According to their Web site, the owner or principal is a guy named Khoa T. Hoang which sounds Vietnamese to me, but he appears to be operating out of Australia, with a "parent" company called "AMPHIBIAN AIRCRAFT INTERNATIONAL PTY LTD" registered there to an address in Petersham NSW 2049.

So, already knowing that much, I just recently found this news story on The Newcastle (Australia) Herald Web site:

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/3452071/60m-spend-on-aviation-centre/

$60m spend on aviation centre
By JOANNE McCARTHY
Oct. 27, 2015, 9:30 p.m.

"WYONG Shire Council is secretly planning to spend $60 million for an aviation hub at Warnervale airstrip based on an American company’s proposal to build amphibious aircraft on the site.

Amphibian Aircraft International president Khoa T. Hoang said he was ‘‘very excited about ‘Operation Amphibian’ and what it means for our company, the constituents of Wyong and Australian aviation in general’’ in an email to the Newcastle Herald.

His company had discussed building the Albatross amphibious aircraft at Warnervale with Wyong Council but he declined to give more detail.

In September councilors were advised a Warnervale airstrip upgrade, with the $1.3million cost not made public until it was revealed in the Newcastle Herald, meant the council could explore ‘‘commercial general aviation development opportunities’’.

‘‘General aviation comprises aircraft charter, emergency services operations including Rural Fire Service water bombers, helicopter operations, commercial flying colleges and aircraft,’’ councilors were told.

In a confidential report on Wednesday councilors were told the council had signed a ‘‘heads of agreement’’ with Amphibian Aircraft International to lease three hectares of the Warnervale site.

It had plans to extend the runway to up to 1700 meters for development of the site as a regional airport.

The council could seek to have the Warnervale Restriction Act repealed, the report said.

The act was passed in 1996 to restrict operations on the site after community protests."

Note that Wyong and Warnervale are just north of Sydney on the east coast of Australia.

https://www.google.com/maps/search/%2B%22Warnervale%22%2B%22Wyong%22%2B%22Australia%22/@-33.509536,151.2292966,10z
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Re: Faintest Rumors around AAI

Postby Rajay » Wed Sep 28, 2016 8:08 pm

Latest via AOPA ePilot newsletter:

“Amphibian Aerospace to open new manufacturing facility in Australia
Amphibian Aerospace Industries has announced plans to build a new manufacturing facility at the Central Coast Airport in Australia. "It just made good sense to us to choose the Central Coast. It's close to Sydney and Newcastle, it's in a great location and it offers our employees a great lifestyle," said AAI President Khoa Hoang.
The Daily Telegraph (Australia)/Central Coast Gosford Express Advocate (9/26)”


http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/central-coast/amphibian-aerospace-industries-to-create-thousands-of-jobs-with-central-coast-manufacturing-facility/news-story/1e89123f4e222cc8f3f76d8d6aa70c85

Amphibian Aerospace Industries to create thousands of jobs with Central Coast manufacturing facility

Therese Murray, Central Coast Gosford Express Advocate
September 26, 2016 10:21pm

AN international aircraft builder will be jetting into Central Coast Airport at Warnervale to spend $100 million on a new manufacturing centre and create thousands of much-needed jobs for the region.

Announcing the airport coup at Warnervale today, Premier Mike Baird said Amphibian Aerospace Industries (AAI) would relocate its offshore manufacturing to the Central Coast and become the first transport category aircraft manufacturer to set up in Australia since the 1940s.

The move will create 240 direct jobs in aircraft manufacturing, plus thousands of indirect jobs in auxiliary industries including parts supply, instrumentation, interior fit-outs and avionics¬.

“This is a great day for the Central Coast,” Mr Baird said. “This announcement means thousands of jobs for the region with a significant flow-on to the Central Coast economy.”

AAI builds the HU-16 and G-111 Albatross amphibian aircraft and will move its operations from the US to Central Coast Airport under a 40-year lease.
Amphibian Aircraft International president Khoa Hoang said the company would invest $100 million in building the manufacturing facility at Central Coast Airport to upgrade the Albatross with new turboprop engines, a state-of-the-art full-glass cockpit and extra comfort features for its customers worldwide.

“We could do this from numerous countries in the world, but chose Australia because there is great available aviation engineering talent, we have support from the government and it is a stable political and legal environment,” he said.

Image
Khoa Hoang, Amphibian Aircraft Group president, (right), signs an agreement with Rob Noble, Central Coast Council CEO, after the announcement of a new aircraft facility as Premier Mike Baird looks on.
Picture: Peter Clark

“It just made good sense to us to choose the Central Coast. It’s close to Sydney and Newcastle, it’s in a great location and it offers our employees a great lifestyle.”

Mr Hoang said that while some staff would come from aviation-skilled backgrounds and move to the Coast, there would still be plenty of jobs for the local community.

“About 70 per cent of our employees will be sourced locally for trades, production lines, panel beating, upholstery, distribution, parts sorting, warehousing, inventory, maintenance, administration and finance,” he said.

Central Coast Council administrator Ian Reynolds said the announcement was the culmination of more than 12 months of negotiations¬.
“There were a number of locations that AAI were investigating and we’re pleased to have successfully attracted AAI to the Central Coast, Mr Reynolds said.
He said it was part of a wider vision to make the airport a hub for light to medium commercial general aviation.

“Having an anchor tenant like AAI at Central Coast Airport will help put our region on the aviation industry map,” Mr Reynolds said.
Mr Hoang said his company would use Central Coast Airport “minimally” for aircraft testing.

He said there was significant international demand for the Albatross amphibious aircraft type, which can land on water, snow or land.
“It is suitable for humanitarian aid, surveillance, search and rescue, detect and interject operations, passenger transport and utility functions in outer reach islands and other remote places around the world where airports are not viable,” he said.

TAKEOFF LOOMS

* The process to get AAI up and running on the Central Coast will be staged over three to five years.
* AAI must submit a development application and go through all the relevant planning processes for the facility, which would be on industrial zoned land.
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Re: Faintest Rumors around AAI

Postby mdwflyer » Sat Oct 01, 2016 5:46 pm

Good find,

Have you found any indication of them having "done" anything?

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Re: Faintest Rumors around AAI

Postby Rajay » Wed Oct 05, 2016 5:10 pm

They had a document signing "event" and a press release. What more do you want? (In other words, I know what you mean....)
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