I chatted with our favorite CEO today. There is no doubt Alan is a hardcore GA enthusiast. He wants nothing less than to bring GA back to its 1970s peak and to grow it from there. He’s thought several moves ahead . . . beyond the SR20, and even beyond the IO-550 powered SR22. He didn’t share details, but I have a hunch Alan’s pondering how to make even turbines and jets affordable.
(Don’t worry, folks. His top concern remains meeting the SR20 production schedule. Eventually, though, Cirrus’s ability to sell higher-margin turbines and jets would work wonders to keep its single-engine planes at or near today’s attractive prices.)
As a Forbes columnist (sorry, Dave Katz), I’ve talked to my share of CEOs over the years. Let’s just say the job has produced a lot of skepticism. But Alan strikes me as the real thing, at least in his core beliefs and determinations. I’m highly confident Cirrus will have a great future.