Aircraft mechanics Bryan Comeau, left, and Warren Egersheim meet while working on a Hawker passenger aircraft at the Pro Star Aviation hangar in Londonderry.
Aircraft mechanics Frank Nordlinger, right, and Jason Gruss work on an engine of a Beechcraft King Air passenger aircraft at the Pro Star Aviation hangar in Londonderry.
Pro Star Aviation, which inspects and services small planes, hopes to break ground on a new aircraft hangar just east of the airport's north-south runway around October and be occupied by June or July 2017, according to Kevin Harriman, managing partner and general manager of the Londonderry company.
About 70 percent of the aircraft modification work its technicians do requires them to travel to airports where planes needing work are located.
"We hope to bring some of that work back to New Hampshire to right here," Harriman said.
The 42,000-square-foot building, which includes office space and about 25,000 square feet of hangar space, will be located on vacant land next to the company's existing machine shop at 438 Kelly Ave., which sits on land it already leases from the airport. Deputy Airport Director Tom Malafronte said the two parcels that Pro Star is leasing "represent additional ground rent for the airport."
Harriman said the company plans to keep the existing hangar, south of the airport's terminal, that it owns to use for overflow work or to store corporate jets.
The company, which has 62 Londonderry employees and one in New Jersey, plans to lease the land for the new hangar for at least 35 years.
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