Groen Brothers Consolidates Subsidiaries

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Groen Brothers Aviation Inc. announced the Nov. 1 merger of its two wholly owned subsidiaries, American Autogyro Inc. (AAI) and Groen Brothers Aviation USA Inc. (GBA-USA). GBA-USA, which developed the first turbine-powered autogiro, the Hawk 4 Gyroplane, will take on the manufacturing, sales and marketing functions of AAI's SparrowHawk Gyroplane. Groen Brothers Aviation USA Inc. will do business as American Autogyro, for all of its SparrowHawk operations. According to the company, the merger will allow GBA to optimize its operations and emphasize the SparrowHawk. Jim Mayfield, formerly the president of AAI, and who led the team that developed the award-winning SparrowHawk Gyroplane, has joined the board of directors and has been promoted to executive vice president of Groen Brothers Aviation USA Inc. The SparrowHawk is a fully enclosed, two-place, centerline-thrust, statically and dynamically stable gyroplane available as a kit.