October 13, 2011
By Alton K. Marsh
The Southeast Missourian says Commander Premier Aircraft failed to post a $140,000 bond by the deadline, allowing the city to evict the company from its premises at the local airport.
That doesn’t necessarily mean an end to a valiant effort to bring back a quality aircraft that placed among the higher-end, luxurious single-engine piston aircraft. The type certificate and tooling could still be bought as a lot and kept together. So far, all efforts to find financing to do just that have been unsuccessful. European banks were asked by a potential buyer for loans with no success.
If you’ve ever wanted to own a turnkey general aviation manufacturing business, now is the chance. Failing that, the company could be sold piecemeal, greatly reducing chances of ever see another new Commander.
Aircraft Power and Fuel
Fourteen hours and four minutes after departing Cincinnati, Solar Impulse landed at Washington Dulles International Airport. The aircraft landed at 12:15 a.m. Eastern June 16.
Connecticut lawmakers have voted to recognize Gustave Whitehead as the first pilot to achieve powered flight. The bill awaits the governor’s signature, and marks the latest round in a newly revived debate.
Waco Classic Aircraft Corp. officially unveiled the first conforming new production Great Lakes 2T-1A-2, an aerobatic biplane.