Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Commander Aircraft Offers Turbo-Charged Aircraft

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Commander Aircraft Offers Turbo-Charged Aircraft

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Even before the first new airplane is off the production line, Commander Aircraft Co. of Bethany is offering its second line of aircraft.

Commander, formed in June 1988 to manufacture the Commander 114B four-place single-engine airplane, has announced plans to build a turbo-charged version of the craft.

Plans call for production to begin late in 1991 after it has been certificated by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The new plane, the first original full modification by Commander Aircraft Co., will be called the Commander 114 TCL for turbo charged liquid-cooled engine.

When production reaches capacity, the company anticipates producing 20 114s and eight 114TCLs per month, expected in early 1992, according to President Randy Greene.

First 114Bs are expected to be delivered this year, Greene said. The company received a reprieve Wednesday so that it could remain in existence. The Oklahoma City Airport Trust approved an agreement for Commander to pay off arrearages in back rent on the same day the company was notified it can retrieve parts and tooling from a supplier which declared bankruptcy.

Production is expected to start within three weeks, Greene said.

Not only has Commander Aircraft Co. doubled its product line, but it has gone into the flight training business and will open a flight school at Wiley Post Airport next month, Greene said.

"We purchased Specialized Pilot Training Training Inc. to go along with our ideas," Greene said. "Because our marketing plan calls for each new owner to receive three days of training prior to delivery, this will be a big help to us."

The school, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, has two campuses and will add a third next month, which should raise income from the existing $35,000 monthly to $120,000 monthly by the first of the year. …

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