““When I made the film The Invention of Lying, they gave me a private jet for getting back and forth between New York and London. I thought, ‘I will never use it’ but I ended up using it every weekend. You turn up, right, and the airport is completely empty. I mean, there’s just someone at the desk and then the pilot, who says, ‘Are you ready to go?’ and you say, ‘Don’t you want to see my passport?’ and he goes, ‘Oh yeah, I suppose I’d better.’” ”
Sole bidder AAI wins Adam Aircraft assets
AAI Acquisition has purchased bankrupt Adam Aircraft Industries for $10 million, having made the only bid for the composite twin turboprop and very light jet aircraft developer. The assets include prototype and unfinished A500 piston twins and A700 VLJs. "We plan to revive Adam Aircraft's operations," said Dmitry Shokhin, vice president of AAI Acquisition, "including continuing the process of certification for the A700 jet." AAI Acquisition was formed by a group of former Adam Aircraft employees and Moscow- and London-based Industrial Investors, a private equity asset management company. Industrial Investors owns two aviation projects: Velvet Skylines, a charter broker; and Russian air-taxi company Dexter.