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Alan KlapmeierAlan Klapmeier
In April of 2015, Alan became CEO of ONE Aviation, a new entity formed in the merger of Kestrel Aircraft and Eclipse Aerospace. Beginning with the Kestrel and Eclipse, ONE Aviation is creating a family of aircraft designed to provide better value, ease of operation and increased safety.
At EAA Air Venture in 2010, Alan and his experienced design / certification team launched Kestrel Aircraft and unveiled their latest project, the Kestrel 350, a new generation of turboprop.
Alan learned to fly in High School. At Ripon College in 1979, he began work on what became the Cirrus VK-30, a 5-seat, amateur built, composite pusher. Alan is the founder of Cirrus Design and served as Chairman and CEO from inception in 1984 to 2009. During this period, Alan and his team were responsible for the certification of the Cirrus SR20 in 1998 and the Cirrus SR22 two years later. He led the introduction of such technologies as the glass cockpit, whole-plane parachute system, and in-flight weather displays for small aircraft. This revolutionized the general aviation industry as a manufacturer of high-performance, single-engine aircraft, constructed from composite materials.
The Cirrus SR22 has been the largest selling single engine airplane in the world for over 10 years. Approximately 6,000 SR series aircraft have been delivered to date.
In addition to numerous other industry awards, in 2014, Alan was inducted into The National Aviation Hall of Fame. He serves on several industry boards, including the EAA Board of Directors, General Aviation Manufacturing Association (GAMA) Board of Directors, and the AOPA Air Safety Foundation Board of Visitors.Alan holds a degree in Physics and Economics from Ripon College in Wisconsin. With over 13,000 hours of flight time, he has been a licensed pilot for more than 35 years and currently flies a wide range of aircraft including his prized 1950 DHC-1 Chipmunk, his long time SR22TN, a Piper Meridian, and his new Eclipse Special Edition.