The Duluth Drama Continues11:03 PM
Cessna by far had the biggest display at the show from what I could tell. Their "booth" took up the most space, and spread over a full "city block" of Airventure's prized real estate, it was clear Wichita was out to prove the point that cash was flowing in and out of Textron coffers in an unstoppable stream. But close behind was Cirrus, which had an equally-impressive display of aircraft and merchandise. The Cirrus "booth" left no doubt in anyone's mind that this company is very much a leader in GA manufacturing. The sheer size of their uniformed sales force gave the impression that it took massive amounts of bodies to keep up with the writing of so many orders for new hardware at the show.
"Cirrus President Brent Wouters says Cirrus is proceeding with the Cirrus Jet project, calling it a strategic initiative for the company that is attracting investor interest and is moving forward into detailed design. "We remain committed to it. Nothing about this has changed that," he said."
"Cirrus Visionary Alan Klapmeier Leaving Company - Although Cirrus Aircraft fielded a large display at EAA AirVenture last week in Oshkosh, Wis., notably missing from the Cirrus exhibit area and Cirrus’s press conference was cofounder and board chairman Alan Klapmeier. Now the Cirrus board of directors has decided not to renew Klapmeier’s contract and to seek a new chairman when his term expires at the end of this month. Late last week, Alan Klapmeier halted his efforts to acquire the Vision program. “It is us that ended negotiations when I thought we could go no higher and they could go no lower,” he told AIN. “I will not be chairman of the board, and what our future relationship is, [that] is undecided. It was clearly their choice ."