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Cirrus Adds Simmons; Offers Combined Private/Instrument Training

Package and Two Years Equals Zero Maintenance

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Left to right, Alan Klapmeier, Dale Klapmeier (deep in thought),and Todd Simmons.

April 8, 2008 — Cirrus Design Corporation welcomed Todd Simmons, formerly president and CEO of CubCrafters, to the Cirrus staff as vice president of marketing and introduced him as part of the team at the company's 9 a.m. press conference. Dale Klapmeier, Cirrus vice chairman and co-founder, said "I am confident Todd's experience energy will help lead Cirrus to a new level of success."

No doubt Simmons' experience will be helpful as Cirrus moves forward with the development of its light-sport aircraft, the Cirrus SRS. Dale announced that Cirrus will build the SRS in the United States as it refines the production process for the aircraft. He added they're redesigning the aircraft for the rigors of the training market, and said one of the most favorable aspects of the aircraft is how quiet it is. "At flight training centers, you have a situation where aircraft are flying over the same houses day after day, hour and hour, and we feel the quietness of the Rotax engine in this installation is a great benefit; it's friendly to the neighborhood." Look for a new glass panel in the redesigned SRS, a castering nose wheel, and differential brakes as well as other refinements.

For Cirrus SR20 and SR22 owners.or would-be owners, Cirrus is now offering a combined private pilot/instrument curriculum as an optional program. "Customer safety is a top priority at Cirrus. Using a combined curriculum has proven effective and beneficial to building a new generation of highly advanced pilots," said Cirrus chairman and CEO Alan Klapmeier, espousing the company's philosophy the "pilots need to be doing something toward becoming a safer pilot continuously." Cirrus will use a syllabus written by Paul Craig, a professor at Middle Tennessee State University, which will have full FAA approval.

Regarding The Jet, Alan stated that the V-1 flight test vehicle is undergoing computational fluid dynamics review and will see scale testing at Langley Research Center soon. Following verification of the design, the next step in the process will be to confirm structures and systems. "But, our goal continues to be to keep the aircraft low cost and simple to operate," said Alan.

Dale then discussed the company's Two Years Equals Zero maintenance program, which covers all scheduled maintenance for two years or 600 hours for newly delivered Cirrus aircraft. "We want to make ownership as simple as possible, and this program is a great way to do that and make sure that owners stay ahead of an maintenance problems or issues.

- Mary Jones

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