As Friday morning's ANN Exclusive interview with Cirrus Chairman
and former CEO Alan Klapmeier made the rounds, the one big question
on the minds of many looking for more info on the Cirrus Vision Jet
program, was just how serious was Alan, and would Cirrus really
sell it to him?
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We have some of our answers with a
response by current CEO Brent Wouters, given during the course of
remarks made in opening sessions at the 2009 Cirrus Owner's and
Pilot's Association annual convention. It was probably not the
first thing he wanted to deal with, that morning,especially after
taking some bows for the much improved health of Cirrus Aircraft,
but when asked, Wouters met the inquiry head on.
The story created buzz as soon as our interviews and
transcriptions hit the web, where they transmitted and tweeted with
alarming speed, and copies shamelessly by a few other media outlets
that somehow neglected to attribute the original source.
The gist of the Wouters response is this... Brent confirms that
Klapmeier's pursuits are indeed known and made in cooperation with
Cirrus and Arcapita but it is also obvious that if Wouters has his
way, the Jet will be completed by the current management.
"It is true... that Alan requested of the board an opportunity
to look at the business," noted Wouters, "its absolutely true... to
look at the jet business."
One thing that shouldn't be lost on everybody is we don't
particularly see the future of Cirrus us without the jet... we
don't particularly see, as is evidence by the commitment that we're
making to the program... every last dollar that we have available
is going to that R&D program.... we think that is an integral
part of the future of the business."
The response, in its entirety, is featured in today's special
Aero-TV News Feature....