GlobalParts Group of Augusta has acquired the type certificate and assets of the Meyers Aircraft Model 200 type design, a plane that has set a number of speed records in its class.
GlobalParts Group, an aircraft parts distributor and manufacturer, also acquired the intellectual property and the tooling.
About 100 Meyers 200 airplanes are currently in service, according to a media release.
GlobalParts has formed a subsidiary, Interceptor Aviation, to service and support the high-performance, single-engine Meyers Aircraft model, which was originally certified in the 1960s.
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The company also acquired the type certificate for the Interceptor I-400, a turboprop based on the Model 200.
The decision to make the acquisition was straightforward, Malissa Nesmith, GlobalParts chief operating officer, said in a statement.
The company discovered the availability in March and immediately arranged to review and assess the assets, she said. The deal, the terms of which were not disclosed, closed March 31.
GlobalParts provides parts and support for general aviation aircraft. The company recognized the value it could bring to Meyers Aircraft owners, she said.
It has moved the tooling and most of the assets to its facilities in Augusta.
GlobalParts officials will attend the Meyers Aircraft Owners Association’s annual fly-in in Fredericksberg, Texas, later this month.
“It will provide us with an excellent opportunity to introduce ourselves to the Meyers aircraft family and welcome them to ours,” GlobalParts Group CEO Troy Palmer said in a statement. “At the same time, we hope we’ll be able to find out more about what we can do to make their ownership experience not just satisfactory, but exceptional.”
The Meyers 200 is the design of Al Meyers, a mechanical engineer who apprenticed with pioneer aircraft builders such as Chance Vought, Glenn Martin and Edward Stinson.
Meyers Aircraft Co. in Tecumseh, Mich., built nearly 1,300 of the Model 200s through 1965, according to a 1999 FAA record search, the Meyers Aircraft website said.
North American Rockwell’s Aero Commander division bought the design from Al Meyers in 1965. In 1966 and 1967, it produced another 83 planes known as the Aero Commander 200D at its Albany, Ga., location.
It was unclear from the news release from whom GlobalParts Group acquired the Meyers assets. Nesmith is out of the country and could not be reached for comment late Thursday afternoon.