September 19, 2011
By Alton K. Marsh
Company co-founder Dale Klapmeier has become the new chief executive officer of Cirrus Aircraft, replacing Brent Wouters. Wouters was named president and chief operating officer in 2008 after serving as vice president and chief financial officer since 2002, and shortly thereafter also became CEO.
Wouters carried the company through its worst financial troubles, and oversaw the sale of the company to the Chinese.
A company spokesman said it was a planned transition. Klapmeier said he looks forward to the new task ahead and retains a passion for airplanes that remains unchanged since he helped start the company. Present at AOPA Aviation Summit will be the Cirrus jet, which will open a new chapter for the company.
Klapmeier co-founded the company with his brother, Alan, in 1984. Alan Klapmeier now runs Kestrel Aircraft in Maine.
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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