Cirrus Design

August 23, 2011 - 6:05am

For one brief warm summer week at the end of July, the aviation world largely put aside its commiserations about the sad state of the general aviation industry and celebrated creative new designs, fabulously restored antiques, innovative electronics, talented designers, pilots and builders and everything aeronautical. From honoring the U.S.

July 29, 2011 - 8:20am

Cirrus president and CEO Brent Wouters revealed during the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh show this week that the company’s prototype SF50 Vision jet is in “commodity jurisdiction” at Williams International. The Williams FJ33 engine that powers the Vision jet may be subject to U.S. government concerns about exporting technology to China.

July 27, 2011 - 6:15am

China Aviation Industry General Aircraft (Caiga) of Zhuhai, China, completed its acquisition of Duluth, Minn.-based Cirrus Aircraft on June 28. Sellers include private-equity firm Arcapita, which owned 60 percent of Cirrus, and minority shareholders (including former Cirrus chairman and co-founder Alan Klapmeier).

July 26, 2011 - 10:00am

Yesterday at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., Cirrus co-founder Dale Klapmeier said the company’s recent majority acquisition by China’s state-owned Avic will provide the necessary capital to restart the moribund SF50 single-engine jet program. He said the company needs time to re-ramp and re-staff the effort and that a new timetable for the jet is at least four to five months out.

July 6, 2011 - 11:49am

Now that Caiga has finalized its purchase of Cirrus Aircraft, it is more than abundantly clear that Chinese companies (most owned by the government) are making huge investments in general aviation (GA) infrastructure. But the Chinese government is making a gigantic mistake that will make it difficult for these investments ever to pay off.

June 30, 2011 - 6:15am

The new owners of the SJ30 light jet program are renaming their company “SyberJet Aircraft,” shuttering the former owner’s Martinsburg, W.Va. assembly line and moving most of the aircraft’s production tooling to Cedar City, Utah.

June 28, 2011 - 10:30am

China Aviation Industry General Aircraft (Caiga) of Zhuhai, China, completed its acquisition of Duluth, Minn.-based Cirrus Aircraft today. Sellers include private-equity firm Arcapita, which owned 60 percent of Cirrus, and minority shareholders (including former Cirrus chairman and co-founder Alan Klapmeier).

June 16, 2011 - 8:20am

The new owners of the SJ30 light jet program are renaming their company “SyberJet Aircraft,” shuttering the former owner’s Martinsburg, W.Va., assembly line and moving most of the aircraft’s production tooling to Cedar City, Utah.

June 1, 2011 - 9:00am

Cirrus Counter-offer Put on Hold

March 29, 2011 - 12:45pm

With the announcement by Cirrus Aircraft president and CEO Brent Wouters that China’s Caiga plans to buy Cirrus (a U.S.-based group is organizing a counter-offer; see page XX), the delayed Vision SF50 single-engine jet program may see an infusion of money.

 
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