Kolb Aircraft principal Bryan Melborn reports that the company is not currently taking any orders for new aircraft kits for a period anticipated to be as long as six months. After that, he estimates that it will take another 18 months for Kolb to ship an ordered kit.
Melborn blames the manufacturing shortfall on the COVID “scare,” stating that many of his employees would rather take government benefits than work for him at Kentucky market rates. He reports paying his employees less than $15 per hour.
Most affected are orders for Kolb’s popular Firefly ultralight kit. Many orders currently on the books will not be shipped for another year and a half.