June 17, 2010
By Alton K. Marsh
Cirrus Design has paid the city of Grand Forks, N.D., $507,000 in back rent for manufacturing facilities and has $930,000 left to pay, according to the Grand Forks Herald. The company had stopped paying rent in January 2009.
In late May, the Duluth News Tribune reported Cirrus officials converted $187,500 in back rent to a loan for its use of a former Northwest Airlines maintenance facility at the Duluth International Airport. The loan will be forgiven if operations expand significantly. The company was released from a 25-year lease by the city.
Grand Forks city officials will meet with Cirrus officials in late July to discuss payment of the remaining back rent, the local newspaper reported. Cirrus lost money in 2008 and 2009. Employment at Grand Forks dropped from 330 in 2006 to 75.
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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