Evolution Customer Update October 5th, 2017
As you all can imagine from my first message, the past 48 hours have been pretty all-consuming. We have completed the first phase of our restructure and are now developing the specific needs and processes to move forward.
Tuesday afternoon October 3, 2017, we had to lay-off 22 full-time employees out of 49 total.
At present, our focus is on fulfilling all current orders, primarily in the avionics portion of the business. We also have three complete Turbine Evolution kits on hand and they are certainly for sale! These kits will be sold to new customers only with their explicit understanding that as we work through our current situation to deliver all outstanding orders, we will be working just as hard to restructure successfully for the long term. The longer term plan, at this time, is just less certain.
Up until recently, I believed the improvements we have achieved in both the product and the marketing were enough to keep us going. However, several recent incidents out of our control created a bit of a crisis for our company. These include the market for aircraft insurance and delays in deliveries of some redesigned high value-added components. This caused me to question our ability to sustain the sales volume necessary to support us for the long-term with recent staff size.
In addition, we had two customers late in the kit manufacturing process withdraw from their purchase for personal reasons after their kits were almost complete. This put us in the unfortunate position that we had to change our short-term direction immediately to ensure we are able to fulfill all of our commitments to our valued customers whose airframe kits have been fully completed and delivered but whose avionics panels and engine firewall forward packages are still in production.
Rather than expend all our resources hoping sales will come in time, we decided the best course of action was to “right-size” our workforce to what is needed to complete the work we already have until I can secure adequate investment to move forward. As you might imagine, I have been and am continuing to work with a number of investors to re-capitalize the business. To that end, any of you that might know someone who is seriously interested in discussing this opportunity with me please let me know.
Our management team:
I have re-assumed the role of President/CEO, Randy Akacich will remain CFO through this transition, and Tom Pecharich has agreed to take over as General Manager of our retained staff since the work remaining is mostly in our avionics department. Kevin Eldredge has gracefully resigned as President but more importantly has agreed to help where he can to make sure our current customers get what they need to complete their projects and assist me in structuring a successful path forward.
One of our biggest tasks will be supporting the current fleet with parts and technical support. The good news is that the business has no bank debt and all assets have been secured and are available as needed. However, the short term issue I see is responding timely to the needs of our existing customers currently flying. At this point, there will be no one to accept direct phone calls and any messages left will be logged and sorted to be returned as quickly as possible.
I ask that if you all email your questions and needs first to firstname.lastname@example.org with as much description as possible, we will let you know the email was received and do our very best to support you and give you guidance.
I sincerely apologize for the anxiety and inconvenience this may cause but rest assured I am doing all I can to figure out the best plan for the company going forward. The Evolution and the capabilities of the knowledge developed over the past 35 years continue to have great potential in the General Aviation market as well as other applications suitable for the Evolution platform.
I will keep all of you regularly updated as we transition through the company’s short-term difficulties and we strive for the ultimate goal of transitioning to a company adequately financed to achieve greater market applications (and profitability) than just general aviation.
Thank you for your patience and continuing to believe in the Evolution and our company,
Unfortunately many of our well know contacts from the original Lancair days are now without a job.
Great looking pressurised aeroplane.
We have an EVO that should have been on the way to Oz very soon, not sure on progess ATM.
Our Oz Evo flew first flight yesterday. All good so it should be on the way home soon.
In the year 2000 this was a state of the art panel.
Whilst it served this owner well it was time for an update.
Wow check this out. Yep the same aeroplane, just 17 years latter, and now state of the art again. All new centre stack including the GTN 750. Dual G3X touch and a G5 as backup.
Flew it today and it is absolutely a fabulous and most capable panel.
Complete Avionics on the Goldy have done an exceptional job with a lot of pride taken in doing what they did.
At our Mudgee LOBO Oz Fly-in, one of our attendees drew attention to a couple of Lancair Service Bulletins, and noted that my Legacy had not been modified in accordance with SB023.
I am not certain how I missed it, and given that this SB was dated 1994, I expected it would have been incorporated into the build book.
Please note that this SB023 is applicable to all Lancair models.
The forward rivets have now been replaced with pan head screws and nuts as noted in SB023.
This SB066 is for all of the Lancair IV/ES/and IVPT to ensure the rear access panel on the left side of the rear fuselage is not attached with latches or hinges. The panel is a structural part of the airframe and must be attached using a minimum of -6 screws. Note that new build IVs are now using -8 screws, but there is no requirement to replace existing -6 screws, as used on most of the Lancair IV/ES and IVPT’s that have been flying for some time.
Small things like this is what LOBO Oz is all about.
Learning as a group, we have an amazing pool of expertise and knowledge when it comes to building, flying and maintaining our Lancair aircraft.
Was there something you learnt at our Mudgee fly-in that might need further discussion? Please share.
What a great honour! VH-ZYA has been featured in the latest issue of Australian Flying – including a great cover shot and detailed article by John Absolon.
The Lancair Legacy has a reputation for rocket-like performance and is highly regarded as the prince of amateur-built aeroplanes. We put the Legacy and its reputation to the test. Australian Flying, July/August 2014
John, who works as a freelance photojournalist, spent a considerable amount of time with Gary Weeks while researching for the article ‘An Enduring Legacy’. This included time both in, and alongside the Legacy, as he collected facts and images for this article; and then extensive followup discussions to check for accurate details.
When you get your hands on the magazine, I am sure you will agree that John has captured some great images, as well as providing a good insight to how well this Legacy performs. For more of John’s aviation-related images, visit ‘Got That Shot’. (There are other action-related images John also captures.) For links to ‘Australian Flying‘ magazine, including flight tests and other great articles, visit here.