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Ginormous in Budapest

May 15, 2007

Duke City Fix reminds us A Hawk and A Hacksaw, along with The Hun Hangár Ensemble, are getting some love in Europe — and now the Budapest Business Journal is going public with its crush on Eclipse Aviation.

A [Cessna] Mustang demonstration tour is under way to stimulate sales even further, a tactic also being deployed by Albuquerque, New Mexico-based Eclipse Aviation, which is hoping to deliver its first Eclipse 500 to an unnamed Russian operator in the coming weeks. This aircraft will be placed on the US register initially until Eclipse secures European Aviation Safety Agency approval, scheduled for year-end. “We have over 120 European orders for the Eclipse so far and have barely scratched the surface,” says chief executive Vern Raburn.

While Cessna has service centers across the continent, the Eclipse support structure is in its infancy. Raburn admits his company has a lot to do. “We may have an impressive orderbook, but we are not going to make any headway in Europe. Europe last month by appointing Amsterdam-based Flight Simulation as its training provider. “This is the first step and we plan to push ahead aggressively,” he says. [BBJ might want to employ better translation software — these quotes don’t quite make sense, but I think we get the gist.]

Ok, so maybe there isn’t a crush — I get it — the news is ‘neutral.’ But still, how often do I get to draw a Budapest-Albuquerque connection? Maybe Albuquerque Economic Development should send some folks to pitch the Duke City in Hungary?

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