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December 2006 edition

Grob mourns loss of test pilot but vows SPn project will go on

Grob Aerospace is mourning the loss of chief test pilot Gérard Guillaumaud but says it remains committed to its SPn programme focused on developing a new generation light jet.

Ceo Niall Olver said: "Our heartfelt sympathies go to Gérard's family. He was a superb pilot and a close personal friend. He so enjoyed flying the SPn. Our thoughts and condolences are with his partner and family."

Prior to the accident the certification programme for European EASA during the third quarter of 2007 and for US FAA certification during fourth quarter 2007 was on target. First customer deliveries are to commence in the fourth quarter of 2007.

Capt. Guillaumaud, aged 45, was performing a demonstration flight aboard the test aircraft D-CGSP. It was the second flight of the day. The accident occurred sho....

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