July 23 Ken Keith, owner and CEO of Extra Aircraft, was joined by local
officials from Montrose, Colorado, plus executives from turbine engine
manufacturer Rolls-Royce, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorating
the plane-maker’s decision to site its new U.S. headquarters and
aircraft production center in the community.
“This is an incredibly exciting time
for everyone involved with Extra Aircraft,” Keith said. “Creating a
new purpose-built facility here in the U.S. is key to providing our
North American-based customers with the overall ownership experience
they expect when they buy and operate an Extra aircraft.”
The Extra 500’s advanced
all-carbon-fiber fuselage and wing will be crafted by the Extra factory
in Dinslaken, Germany, then shipped to Montrose for final assembly and
completion to each customer’s specifications. Extra’s Montrose team
will install the new Rolls-Royce M250-B17F turboprop engine and the
new-generation Avidyne Entegra Release 9 avionics suite into each
Keith said construction of Extra’s new
40,000-square-foot facility will begin soon. In the interim Montrose
Regional Airport will provide temporary facilities for Extra’s
Current plans call for phase one of the
Extra facility to be operational by late fall 2010.
When completed, the new facility will
also feature a state-of-the-art maintenance and spare parts facility.
Keith said that when fully operational, the Montrose facility will
employ more than 200 people.
Extra Aircraft manufactures a family of
high-performance aircraft ranging from the advanced Extra 500 Spirit
single-engine turboprop to the Extra 200, 300, and 330 sport and
world-class competitive aerobatic aircraft. Founded in 1981 by legendary
designer Walter Extra, the Extra family of aircraft is celebrating its