At the end of December, Air Command International and Skywheels Rotor Blade Systems moved into their new, larger corporate office and manufacturing facility. The 4,000 square foot facility, complete with manufacturing space, offices and conference area, is at the New Richmond Regional Airport, Hangar 2-6, New Richmond, Wisconsin.
According to President Joe Covelli, "This past year considerable time was invested to refresh both Air Command and Skywheels. Now that we are almost done with several foundational initiatives, we plan to start production this February for gyroplane kits and parts, as well as composite rotor blade systems. I know this is important news for several customers who have been following our progress".
This past July, Air Command retained the services of Creative Automation Design to create 3D computerized drawings for individual parts and assemblies required to machine, manufacturer and assemble single-place and tandem gyroplanes. According to Covelli, "This has been a rather extensive undertaking that involved nearly 500 parts, to include modeling everything together part-by-part". As of this date, 90% of the single-place kit has been drawn and modeled, and the tandem kit is completely done. Part drawings and modeling for the side-by-side gyroplane will begin sometime in 2019.
Air Command International marks 40 years in business during 2019. Founder Dennis Fetters began concept and design work in 1979, which ultimately led to the very popular Basic Commander 447. The company's first test flight was 35 years ago this April in 1984. Today, Air Command is the longest running U.S. based gyroplane manufacturer. During 2019, the company plans to mark the 40th anniversary of Air Command's founding. Watch this blog for further updates and special promotions.