Small Airport Lands Re-Engining Facility

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Inspiration for all those little airports out there looking for industry to help justify the business case for their existence comes from Three Rivers, Mich. The small community (8,000) has been chosen by the Clifford Development Group and Hov-Aire as the site for facility to install FADEC-controlled Williams FJ44 engines in Citation II aircraft. The mod, which is expected to be STC'd in 2007, boosts performance and range in the older-model Cessnas. The program was announced at the National Business Aviation Association's convention in October. The company will be expanding a building at the existing airport industrial park and Three Rivers officials are naturally delighted to host the enterprise. "We are elated to have them choose our community, after being courted by many others. Our efforts to draw quality employers to our great airport/industrial site is now paying off," stated City Manager Joe Bippus.