Aircraft Review

July 2000 Issue

The Tiger

With financial backing from Taiwan, the first new airplanes are due this fall. Will they prove a hard sell against Cirrus?

[IMGCAP(1)] Every so often a company or consortium is formed with the avowed purpose of reviving an airplane that has long been out of production. These schemes usually fail, often because the investors and managers—however experienced—seem unable to realistically estimate start-up and production costs.

The Tiger, a sporty four-place airplane distinguished by a sliding canopy and the fastest cruise in its class, has had four parent companies in its checkered history. Now, a fifth one, called Tiger Aircraft LLC, has a brand new factory in Martinsburg, West Virginia, ready to bring back the Tiger yet again.

In a marketplace whose graveyard is well-stocked with the bones of aviation entr...

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