December 13, 2010
By Alton K. Marsh
The new owner of the Commander Premier Aircraft company located in Cape Girardeau, Mo., has not yet purchased the factory’s 52,000-square-foot building, a deal breaker that could result in the company being forced to move. European banker Ronald Strauss, living in Montreal, has tried to complete the building purchase since 2009.
City officials told local TV station KFVS they might have to sell the building in 2011, or failing that, convert it to an aircraft storage or refueling facility. At the moment the building is restricted through bond funding terms to aircraft manufacturing use, but the airport board is considering removing that restriction next April. That’s the earliest the bonds can be restructured, the TV station said.
Commander Premier Aircraft took over the space five years ago. Strauss could not be reached for comment. In the past, he has indicated difficulty with banks in getting loans during an economic recession.
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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