CGS Aviation to Be Reorganized
By Dan Grunloh, Editor - Light Plane World, EAA 173888
Danny Dezauche, president of CGS Aviation, announced he is stepping back from the day-to-day management of the company he purchased from CGS founder Chuck Slusarczyk just two years ago. The company is undergoing a reorganization during which time all support and sales will be conducted by CGS dealers. He wrote that he bought the company to save it from extinction but did not anticipate the time required for routine daily operations.
In a message posted on the Yahoo! CGS Hawk Owners discussion group, he wrote he was semiretired when he bought the company in a moment of insanity and had no idea the demands required for daily customer service. Danny said the company is in better shape than ever with completion of the Hawk Arrow II S-LSA which is now approved with the Rotax 912 and Rotax 582 engine. CGS will add the HKS 700 turbo as soon as it is ASTM legal and plan to get the aircraft approved in Canada and Australia. The company also plans to work with the FAA to get all the CGS kits placed on the list of approved amateur-built kits, something that was never done under the previous management.
He admitted the company has been hit hard by the decline in the economy with the existence of a big used aircraft market and minimal sales of kits or completed aircraft. The parts business is not enough to keep the doors open, so the company is technically for sale. He believes it can break into the China and South America markets and is looking for foreign capital to make it happen. The completed CGS Arrow 912 that was to be used for a factory training program, as announced in the January 2011 issue of Light Plane World, has instead been sold to an FBO in Warner Robins, Georgia, where it will be available for training and rental. Watch the CGS website www.CGSaviation.com for an announcement of the details and more news about the fate of the company. At the present time all calls to CGS are being referred to its senior dealer and technical consultant Steve Bensinger of Lone Palm Aero LLC in Bushnell, Florida.