Cirrus Aircraft is here exhibiting its SR22 piston single on the static display in a bid to persuade business aircraft owners that “there is always a good reason to have another plane,” as Jan-Peter Fisher, a Cirrus representative in Germany, put it. For example, the SR22 can land at small airfields that cannot accommodate a business jet. The five-seater is “about the fun of flying,” Fisher went on, not forgetting to mention the high cruise speed for the category: 200 knots.
Cirrus Aircraft remains committed to the single-engine Vision SF50 jet program, and with suspension of the Diamond D-Jet is now the front-runner in the race to bring a single-engine jet to market. Cirrus has hired more than 100 engineers, designers and technicians for the Vision team and is recruiting additional personnel, according to the company. Most recently, Cirrus promoted former executive v-p and COO Pat Waddick to president and COO.
Duluth, Minn.-based Cirrus Aircraft promoted executive vice president and COO Pat Waddick to president and COO. CEO Dale Klapmeier said the timing of the announcement couldn’t be better, as the company begins “to accelerate the Vision SF50 Jet program as we aim to fly the first conforming certification aircraft within the next 12 months.” In his new role, Waddick will have responsibility for daily company operations, including sales and service, manufacturing and supply chain, product development and administration.
Along with new aircraft and a new show site, MEBA 2012 is presenting a new exhibit area, the U.S. Pavilion, showcasing the goods and services of ten U.S. aviation companies, spanning a range of goods and services from inflight catering to aircraft manufacturing.
China Aviation Industry General Aircraft (Caiga) announced sales of 60 Cirrus SR20 and SR22 piston singles to various customers in China today. The deals, signed on the first day of Airshow China 2012, bring the to-date total number of Cirrus sales in China to more than 100, according to Paul Fiduccia, Cirrus Aircraft executive director for government affairs and international cooperation. Caiga owns U.S.-based Cirrus.
China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co., Ltd. (Caiga) has chose GE Aviation’s new H85 turboprop engine to power its new Primus 150 aircraft. Set to be the first purpose-built executive single-engine turboprop built in China, the Primus 150 is a pressurized five-seater with an all-composite carbon-fiber airframe.
Grassroots representatives from NBAA, AOPA and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) have told U.S. lawmakers that user fees in any form would be “devastating” to the general aviation community. They were giving evidence at a hearing of the House Small Business Committee yesterday.
“The costs associated with user fees far outweigh any benefit to deficit reduction,” said NATA treasurer Marian Epps, whose family operates Epps Aviation in Atlanta.
West Star Aviation’s Spirit of St. Louis (SUS) location is now offering night and weekend hours. “We’ve extended our hours of operation to keep up with the demand. Additionally, our customer base specifically told us they wanted us to extend our hours,” Sam Haycraft, vice president of operations, told AIN. West Star’s 19,000-sq-ft SUS facility is an FAA-certified Part 145 repair station serving Learjet, Cirrus, Beechjet, Premier, Hawker, Bonanza, Baron and King Air operators.
Cirrus restructured more than $13 million worth of loan and lease obligations related to its Grand Forks, N.D. production facility with that city’s growth fund. Cirrus employs approximately 90 people in Grand Forks who make composite component parts for its SR piston aircraft that are then shipped to the company’s assembly line in Duluth, Minn. Since 1996, Grand Forks has issued various bonds and loans in support of these activities, including construction of more than 160,000 sq ft of facilities.
Cirrus chairman Dale Klapmeier said his company’s recent majority acquisition by China’s state-owned Avic will provide the necessary capital to restart the moribund SF50 single-engine jet program. He said the company needs time to re-ramp and re-staff the effort and that a new timetable for the jet is at least three to four months out.