Georgia´s Tbilisi Aircraft Manufacturing (TAM) says development of the four-seat TAM Jet personal jet and the eight seat TAM-AIR Elite - which it is producing with US joint venture partner Epic Aircraft - is likely to be delayed following the recent hostilities between Georgia and Russia. The demonstration tour of the region has also been halted temporarily.
"Although TAM has not suffered any physical damage as a result of the conflict, restoring political stability could take some time," says Nona Tordia, chairman of TAM´s supervisory board.
She says TAM had decided to pursue Russian certification first for both aircraft, following the huge demand for the types from operators within the country, and TAM was poised to start the process when the assault began.
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