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December 09. 2013 8:55PM

Flight simulation company moves from Nashua to Manchester's airport


Stephen Cunningham, owner of Nashua Flight Simulator, works with Eric Tallberg on the company's flight simulator in Manchester on Monday. (MARK HAYWARD/UNION LEADER)

MANCHESTER — A Nashua-based company that offers flight simulation and testing services has relocated to the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, a move that allowed it to double in size, the company founder said.

Nashua Flight Simulator hosted on open house and ribbon cutting last weekend at the 2,000-square foot atrium area at 175 Ammon Drive, the old terminal building at the Manchester airport, said company owner Stephen Cunningham.

"This new facility doubles our capacity, doubles our floor space and allows for four Elite (Advanced Aviation Training Device) flight simulators," Cunningham said.

Cunningham said he has signed a three-year lease for the space, and he expects to provide instructional opportunities for 14 to 15 private contractors who will use the simulators to instruct and train pilots.

The company provides recurrent training that flight insurers mandate for owner-operators of business class aircraft, including piston-twins, turbo props and high-performance single engine aircraft.

The training is used by pilots with private, air-transport and commercial licenses.

Cunningham said his customer base includes professionals and businessmen across North and South America. Pilots in the Colombian Air Force have even used the machines for training, he said.

Cunningham said the move to Manchester allowed him to expand, and the price is $1 less per square foot than the hangar space he rented in Nashua.

He said the Manchester location also offers proximity to an airport with commercial service.

"A large percentage of our client base comes in by commercial airlines," he said.

Cunningham was included in a recent New Hampshire Sunday News article about entrepreneurs who start businesses in their golden years.

He started the business nine years ago. Now 71, he puts in 12-hour days and isn't even thinking about retirement.

mhayward@unionleader.com


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