Kestrel Aircraft is abandoning plans to set up the headquarters and new production plant for its K-350 single-engine turboprop in Brunswick Landing, Maine. Yesterday, the company announced a $118 million deal to locate in Superior, Wisc., on land adjacent to Richard I. Bong Airport and begin construction in June. The agreement is being financed by a variety of grants, low-interest loans and tax credits from the city of Superior, Douglas County and the state of Wisconsin. The majority of the funding is coming from the state, and the deal is viewed as a political plus for Wisconsin Gov.
Cirrus Design late last year struck a deal with the Duluth, Minn. Economic Development Authority to move its single-engine jet research and development activity to a former Northwest Airlines maintenance hangar adjacent to its headquarters at Duluth Airport. The authority on December 27 passed a resolution of intent to lease the 189,000-sq-ft facility to Cirrus for 25 years, with an option for 25 more.
Monaco Air Duluth, the sole full-service FBO at Duluth International Airport, celebrated its one-year anniversary on November 2. “Customers have been pleased with our facilities and service, and our business is growing accordingly,” said FBO owner Don Monaco. Services include fuel and ground services for general aviation, airline and commercial traffic as well as hangar storage and maintenance.