Electromech Technologies, until very recently listed on the Eclipse website as a key supplier, is taking action against Vern to recover their dues. The chosen battleground, using the same legal firm as Hampsons', is that well trodden path to arbitration. Again.
Word also reaches me that that Aerazur, suppliers of key parts of the de icing equipment, might be in the dark about E500 progress towards FIKI. Which strikes me as a little odd. One would think they would be central to the final push for FAA certification. I'm pretty sure that when the airtaxi companies that form the core of Verns' fan club hear this, they will be muttering darkly about promises broken. Unless Aerazur are also set to join Electromech, under the bus.
Sources close to Eclipse tell me that Garmin ARE in 'discussion' with Vern, who HAS requested the G1000. Poor Mr. Raburn is alleged to have been told to, and I quote, 'pound sand' (whatever that means....) on the G1000, but they will extend their involvement in AvioNG. I just hope they get paid cash in advance for their efforts.
Over this side of the pond, we have regulators coming out of every nook and cranny you can possibly imagine, and then another half dozen you can't. We have people to check that bananas are not too straight, and another crew to make sure that they are not too bent. Cheese can only be described in certain ways, ice cream is not what you think it is and don't get me started on dried meats. What this breeds is an imperial detachment at the top of the European civil service, called (without any sense of irony) the Commission. 'They' have all the power, and are invunerable to democratic questioning or the powers of reason.
EASA are very much in the mould of the Commission, so when word reaches me that EASA are not even beginning to think about the remote possibility of looking at the E500 UNTIL everything (and I believe this means what it says) is completed and certified by the FAA, I get worried about the Russians. As a matter of fact, I think the Russian deal is in real trouble, even without all the delays that seem inevitable when Vern is involved.
So, I'll finish my thoughts for today with the following. It's kept me going for more years than I care to remember and allows me to look everyone I deal with, supplier or customer, staff member or contractor, straight in the eye. Doing business is, at the core, very simple.
Only make promises you that can keep. And keep the promises that you make.
Anything else is a con trick.
Have a happy Easter break, and blue skies to you all.