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Fri, Aug 21, 2009

Alan Klapmeier Clears Out Office At Cirrus Aircraft

End Of An Era????

News/Analysis by J. R. Campbell, CEO/Editor-In-Chief 

There is a temptation to get a mite maudlin about this... especially since it involves a good friend we've had the pleasure to work with over the course of a number of decades, but as we understand it, Alan Klapmeier cleared out his office at Cirrus Aircraft today, Thursday... which had to be an emotionally wrenching thing to do.

June 2009

Over the last few months, Cirrus' majority shareholders have taken new directions with the company, appointed new management and made a number of decisions they feel necessary to see the company through the current economic malaise. As a part of that process, the former CFO, Brent Wouters, became CEO and Alan's role was minimized to a point where it pretty much disappeared.

June 2008

I have such a deep and abiding affection (heck, call it what it is... passion) for this aircraft and this company (as well as a number of others) and have dear friends on all sides of this issue, but I sure wish the current Cirrus crystal ball had Alan continuing to play a major role in the amazing revolution that he started. While I have great confidence in the future of the designs and the company and -- especially the very hard-working folks that still (in part) manage and staff the effort, I can't help but feeling that this is a company that is better with Alan in it, than outside it.

June 2009

For whatever its worth, while I KNOW we haven't seen the last of Alan Klapmeier as a major force in the aviation world, I sure wish that the industry was kinder to the true innovators that have helped us rebuild GA to where it is today. Business is business, they tell me... but more than that, Alan Klapmeier has been one of the most positive and inspired spokespersons that GA has seen in many a year. In founding Cirrus, he has demonstrated to one and all that dreams were worth pursuing, that hard work can pay off and that aviation is a wondrous and valuable entity that deserved the attention of the nation and the world.

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We can hardly wait to see what he comes up with next...  

FMI: www.cirrusaircraft.com

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