Kiwi Company Buys Rights To Trainer

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Will your local flying school's next trainer come from New Zealand? Hamilton, N.Z.-based Alpha Aviation Ltd. hopes so. The Kiwi company recently bought the rights to the Alpha trainer developed by a French company, Societe Apex Industries. The New Zealand firm gets all the rights, tools, designs and intellectual property related to the aircraft. Alpha CEO Murray Dreyer wouldn't say what his company paid for all that but he did predict sales of about 100 aircraft a year, 90 for export. The French company will continue to build its line of wooden aircraft including the DR400, which is a popular training and touring aircraft in Western Europe. The trainer is expected to sell for less than US$100,000.