October 9, 2011
By Alton K. Marsh
Commander Premier Aircraft Corp. won the right to avoid eviction from its factory at the Cape Girardeau, Mo., airport, but only until Oct. 11, according to a report by the Southeast Missourian . If the company fails to come up with a bond in excess of $140,000 by then, the eviction will continue.
Commander founders have searched frantically for a buyer, and they hope to stay in the factory until one is found. A sale to a Canadian investor failed when he could not get a loan from European banks.
Commander officials had the help of a county judge to stay the eviction. A hearing on their latest efforts to keep the Commander type certificate and tooling from being split up among buyers at an auction is set for Oct. 17. Also swinging in the balance is FAA approval of Commander’s quality assurance program.
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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