|Published:||Nov 15, 2013 5:02 PM EST|
|Updated:||Nov 15, 2013 6:04 PM EST|
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fl. - A Charlotte County aviation company is spreading its wings. APG Avionics is right next to Punta Gorda Airport and now, it's partnering with an Italian aerospace company to build a new kind of plane.
Before these planes can take flight, APG Avionics, helps build them. The company has been here for almost seven years building and customizing aircraft to meet the needs of corporate and private customers.
Their latest venture is working with the Italian-based company, Oma Sud, to help build a new airplane, the Skycar.
"We're figuring out how to mass manufacture the aircraft. The aircraft comes to us in containers, we do some modifications of it, improvements, and we build it... it's a clever airplane," says Programs Manager, Walter Cleary.
It can be used for almost anything from VIP transport to medical evacuations to charters to patrolling.
"We're preparing the aircraft to take some special mission equipment too... forward looking infrared radar which would be used for night or reduced visibility to look at things on the ground," Cleary adds.
Davide Proietti with Oma Sud says it was an easy geographic choice to partner with APG.
"the us by far is the greatest market for general aviation airplanes... it's in the middle of North and South America and the Caribbean which again are the main market for this airplane," he says.
Economic Development leaders say this expansion is another way they're putting Charlotte County on the map.
"We are taking on a very strong marketing initiative in cooperation with the airport and the land around the airport and APG is just an example of the success and the quality business and the international business that can be done," says Lucienne Pears.
This expansion also means 10 more jobs in Charlotte County. APG Avionics hopes to eventually manufacture 12 Skycars a year.