July 22, 2009
By Alton K. Marsh
While keeping a small cadre of key people, Swiss-based Mistral Engines has laid off employees and slowed its operations. Mistral has for several years worked to bring to market a rotary aircraft engine.
A Mistral engine powered a Piper airframe to Oshkosh where it was on display at EAA AirVenture five years ago. Rotary technology has been in development on several fronts for decades for a variety of uses.
Mistral officials said in a statement from Geneva, Switzerland, that it still has investors for its next round of financing, but the economy has hurt the ability of the investors to contribute as much as they had hoped. While waiting for the economy to improve, certification efforts continue for the company’s 300-hp G-300 engine. The company is entirely financed through private equity. You can see it fly online.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
Pilots and aircraft owners have volunteered to transport hundreds of sea turtles rescued in Massachusetts to facilities equipped to care for them.
The FAA is working to automate a contingency plan developed on the fly when Chicago Center was taken out by arson from within Sept. 26.
AOPA has urged College Park, Maryland, to make approval of a hotel construction project near the city airport conditional on reducing the building’s height.
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