April 7, 2011
By Alton K. Marsh
It could be a matter of days before Extra Aircraft, which had hoped to assemble EA500 business turboprops in Montrose, Colo., decides to look for a new home in Colorado. The company has not been able to get the lease it had expected from the county.
Initially the firm was to assemble the German-built aircraft in temporary facilities to be leased from county officials. The county finds itself embroiled in an unrelated legal case involving the airport that could, if lost in court, be very expensive for the county.
Extra officials demanded the lease they had been promised, but when it came, it was based on commercial rates rather than the incentive rates discussed last year. That may be the last straw for Extra, which has its eye on facilities elsewhere.
In October 2010, AOPA reported that the deal should not be considered as complete. It still isn’t complete. There were extreme complications during the negotiation of the original deal.
The mood at the moment remains hopeful. That could change next week, an Extra official said.
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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