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Encyclopedia > Ayres Corporation

Ayres Corporation was a US aircraft manufacturer founded by Fred Ayres. Originally the firm carried out turboprop conversions to Rockwell Thrush Commander agricultural aircraft, but in 1977 acquired the production rights and facilities for this design from Rockwell International. In 2001, the company was forced into bankruptcy when creditors foreclosed on it. Ayres had been placed in this situation due to $US 60 million which had been spent on developing the Ayres Loadmaster cargo plane, which never actually reached flying stage.


In 2003, the company's assets were bought by Thrush Aircraft.



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Lawhon's widow filed this action against the manufacturer, Ayres Corporation, and the company that regularly serviced and inspected the aircraft, Crowley's Ridge Aviation, Inc. Appellants' claim against Ayres was based on allegations of negligent design or manufacture, failure to test and warn, strict liability, and breach of warranty.
Ayres likewise filed a motion in limine asking the court to exclude evidence of other accidents involving aircraft manufactured by Ayres, of service publications issued by Ayres describing problems with certain aircraft, of subsequent remedial measures taken by Ayres after Mr.
Ayres contends that the trial court erred in admitting evidence of other accidents involving aircraft manufactured by Ayres; in admitting evidence of service publications by Ayres describing problems with Ayres's aircraft and directing work to be done to repair the problems; in admitting evidence of measures taken by Ayres subsequent to Mr.
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Ayres' company also builds thousands of parts for Boeing, the fuselage for McDonnell Douglas' MD500 and 600 helicopter and produces assemblies for the C-17 in addition to cargo doors for Federal Express.
Ayres has been even busier since developing the Loadmaster aircraft, a powerful fuel-efficient cargo aircraft powered by a CTP-800 Propulsion System that couples two engines through a single propeller.
Ayres says that even though the Federal Express order will account for only half of the production of four a month, prospective buyers are already pushing for delivery positions.
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