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Aug 9, 2006

The FIRST Pilotcast videocast from EAA Airventure 2006 Oshkosh

A Pilotcast Exclusive! Alan Klapmeier, co-founder and president of Cirrus Design joins the Hangar Flying on The Pilotcast with Pilot Kent!

Recorded on July 29, 2006 - 00:12:52 - 74.1MB
Cirrus SR22
  • Alan Klapmeier always thought he would run an airplane company He has realized his life's dream.
  • The Cirrus SR-22 is #1 largest selling single model airplane in the world
  • The history of Cirrus Design
    • Designed the first airplane in 1979
    • Cirrus Design incorporated in 1984
    • Its roots are with a kit homebuilt
    • Designed and sold
      • A kit aircraft
      • A pressurized turboprop
      • A UAV for the U.S. military
    • The Cirrus VK30
      • " should have been a jet."
      • Sold about 40 kits
      • A flying VK30 is featured in the "One Six Right" movie
      • Was high performance but tricky to fly.
    • After the VK30 experience, Cirrus decided to focus on an easy to fly, safe design.
  • Q: "Will you be producing a jet?"
    A: "Yes. Someday!"
  • "We now believe we can make a personal jet that is virtually as easy to fly as this airplane."
  • "We don't have any plans in the Light Sport area."
Other topics discussed:
  • The new turbocharged SR-22.
  • What is Cirrus doing to make it easier to obtain insurance coverage for a Cirrus product?
  • The story behind Cirrus aircraft being equipped with a ballistic parachute.
  • Why does Cirrus have the Avidyne glass cockpit vs. the more popular ones from Garmin?
  • The new Cirrus Access training program for new Cirrus owners with no flying experience.
  • New Cirrus financial, warranty and used airplane programs.

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