A.E. Petsche Company is the world's largest supplier of high performance aerospace wire, cable and interconnect products. The company is headquartered in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas and currently operates nine locations in North America including four hub warehouses facilities. The company is represented worldwide through a network of agency affiliations and is acknowledged as a leader in JIT (Just-In-Time) Programs to supply wire, cable and interconnect products to the aviation industry.


The company, formed in December 2002, is a division of Groen Brothers Aviation, designer and builder of larger autogyros. AAI's initial objective has been to develop stability augmentation and other safety features for existing autogyros.


In 1995, ABC announced the design of a series of airships larger than the A-60, designated A-1-50 (marketing designation A-150). These are a refinement of the earlier A-120 conceptual design with a new technology envelope. The civil version incorporates the ABC internal illumination system for advertising and is designated a Lightship; the non-illuminating surveillance version is designated SPECTOR. Lightship envelopes remain translucent for internal illumination, whereas SPECTOR envelopes are opaque. Each is offered in three sizes to optimise costs with mission requirements. Other structural elements are identical.
The same envelope technology was introduced as an option for production on existing A-60+ Lightships from 1996 (first contract, for seven envelopes to be supplied by ILC Dover, announced 18 March 1996).
On 23 July 2002, ABC announced that it had acquired the Virgin Lightships interests in the former's affiliate. The Lightship Group (TLG), following Virgin's decision to exit the commercial airship market. TLG is now a wholly owned ABC subsidiary, and operates 16 ABC airships around the world.
Company is currently developing airship designs for medium-altitude (2,000 to 3,000 m; 6,560 to 9,840 ft) operation with military and commercial payloads for surveillance and communications relay. It has also, on behalf of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, been studying the use of a helium airship as a possible vehicle for unmanned exploration of Titan, the largest of Saturn's moons. Named Aerover, the projected airship would be approximately 10 m (33 ft) long, 2.44 m (8 ft) in diameter and weigh about 100 kg (220 lb).
In 1999, ABC increased its manufacturing area by 30 per cent with a 410 m2 (4,400 sq ft) extension at Hillsboro, which now covers almost 2,325 m2 (25,000 sq ft). At the same time, a 280 m2 (3,000 sq ft) fabrication shop was being readied at the Tillamook flight test centre. In August 2003, ABC's combined fleet of 17 A-60+/A-1-50 airships achieved a cumulative total of 150,000 flight hours.
On 21 November 2000, ABC purchased the type certificate (originally issued on 17 November 1992) for the Colt GA42 non-rigid helium airship. It is believed that three airships of this type were included in the transfer.

Contact Details

Address: 1900 North-East 25th Avenue, Suite 5, Hillsboro, Oregon 97124, USA
Tel: (+1 503) 693 16 11
Fax: (+1 503) 681 09 06
URL: www.americanblimp.com

Address: 302 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park, Maryland 21146-1910
Tel: (+1 410) 544 65 08
Fax: (+1 410) 544 65 09

Address: The Lightship Group, 5728 Major Boulevard, Suite 314, Orlando, Florida 32819
Tel: (+1 407) 363 77 77
Fax: (+1 407) 363 09 62


Adam Aircraft Industries formed in 1998 and is developing the A500 centreline-thrust twin-engine business aircraft and the A700 twin-engined business jet derivative, which it will manufacture in a new 2,975 m2 (32,000 sq ft) facility at Denver Centennial Airport Colorado. By mid-2000 the workforce numbered 12 but had risen to 72 by October 2001 and 132 by July 2002.
Having designed its own seats for the A500, Adam has begun an auxiliary business as a seat producer to the aerospace industry.

This company produces kits for the Hollmann-designed Stallion; sells plans for the Hollmann HA-2M Sportster and Hollmann Bumble Bee gyrocopters; and is a major contributor to the Lancair series of kitbuilt aircraft, as well as others including Seawind, Pulsar Sport 150, Prowler, Thunder Mustang, Kitfox and Condor. Covered plant area is 560 m2 (6,025 sq ft) and full-time employees numbered two in 2003.


Formed in 1993 and previously known for its production of floats, Aerocomp markets the Comp Air 3 and 4 kitbuilts, together with six-, seven-, eight- and 10-seat versions, known respectively as the Comp Air 6, 7, 8 and 10. Aerocomp acquired production rights for the Merlin GT and E-Z Flyer from Merlin Aircraft Inc, and has passed the latter to Blue Yonder Aviation of Canada.
The company had 22 employees in 2003 in its 1,580 m2 (17,000 sq ft) factory. In February 2002, Aerocomp announced that it was working on a jet-powered kitbuilt, the CA-J and its turbine-power Comp Air 12 derivative.


Founded in August 2000 by Syrovy and Siamak Yassini, AeroCopter is developing what is described as a "third generation" air transport with VTOL capability. Public debut was at the December 2001 NBAA Convention in New Orleans.


AeroCourier was founded in April 2001 to design and produce a light freight aircraft in the Cessna 208 Caravan class. Detail design, and also production of up to 1,500 shipsets of fuselages and wings, has been subcontracted to Dirgantara of Indonesia. Flight testing will be at Augusta Municipal Airport, Wichita, Kansas; assembly plant for production aircraft will be Wichita or Enid, Oklahoma.


Formed in Ukraine in 1988. Aeros transfered its activities to the USA and was incorporated in Delaware in 1992, relocating to California in October 1993. Aeros' technical capabilities are based on more than 20 years of research (including that initiated before 1988 by former Soviet design bureaux) into LTA technologies, especially those relating to cargo airships. Its current operation combines manufacturing and flight test facilities, R&D, management and marketing. Aeros Airship Company subsidiary formed September 1999 to lease and operate Aeros airships; operations began, with an Aeros 40B, in November 1999. It has also produced a wide range of manned and unmanned civil and military aerostats for commercial, advertising, surveillance and scientific applications.
The company's current airship production is of the Aeros 40B. development continues of the Aeroscraft, a partially buoyant lifting body with a 40 tonne payload capacity; this programme was previously covered by the Aeros D-1 and D-4 series of craft. Latest known design is the large ML passenger airship, brief details of which follow.
Stratospheric airship R&D is an important part of company business for the present and future. It is currently designing and manufacturing such a craft for the government of South Korea.

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