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AASI Aircraft & Gulfstream Working Together

18 August 2000

AASI Aircraft today announced that Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation airplane components were successfully cured in its autoclave. Gulfstream is the world's premier manufacturer of business jets and is, along with Boeing, AASI's neighbor on the Long Beach Airport. Long Beach Airport is a major center of the erospace industry. AASI Aircraft Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Carl L. Chen, stated, "This exciting news solidly demonstrates that cooperation between Gulfstream and AASI can be beneficial to both fine companies." Chen added, "We hope that this is only the beginning of a long and advantageous association for both companies." W. Dale Jackson, Manager, Engineering and Technical Operations at Gulfstream's Long Beach Service Center, said, "We are very pleased that AASI can accommodate our needs on such short notice. Gulfstream looks forward to a mutually beneficial relationship with AASI." In May of 2000, AASI installed a state-of-the-art controller and processor to run the autoclave. The large 30 ft. long by 10 ft. diameter computer-controlled autoclave is designed to cure the company's graphite composite fuselages under nitrogen pressure and heat, and provides for vacuum to eliminate air trapped in the composites. This produces a superior, lightweight and exceptionally strong aircraft fuselage main structure. The autoclave will accommodate the entire JETCRUZER(TM) aircraft fuselage or an entire AASI STRATOCRUZER(TM) Twin Jet fuselage and all components in one cycle.