Extra Aircraft Resumes Production In Germany

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The folks at Extra Aircraft sent us a note announcing that their German factory is back in operation. The facility’s reopening follows the company's new life under new ownership, which was announced at this year’s AirVenture. The company’s new EA-500, which was also debuted at the show and will appear at the upcoming NBAA Convention, will be built at the German facility. In addition, the EA-400 and Extra 300 aerobatic model will also be built there. Ken Keith announced at Oshkosh that his team assumed managerial control of the company on Aug. 1 after Extra was nearly bankrupt thanks to a slow economy, slow sales and the Lycoming 540-series crankshaft shortage that saw an end earlier this year. According to the new management team, Lycoming's work to resolve the crankshaft problem stopped the delivery of Extra aircraft for seven and a half months. "That really hurt us badly," Oliver Oechsle, a member of the new Extra Aircraft L.P., recently told AVweb.