“"I've got a list of corporations that have gotten out of their airplanes [because of criticism from politicians]. It is the stupidest thing I've ever seen. When you look at the time and cost savings; it does not make sense not to fly [privately]. You can't let public perception interfere with your business decision to fly. It either is a good business decision or it isn't."”
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.