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.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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