Having just read the Cirrus press release on Australia and learning for the first time that 21% of Cirrus orders are from 17 counties outside the United States I now realize that the problem is even more serious than I originally thought. NOW YOU KNOW WHY I AM CONCERNED. (You will notice that they do not tell us what countries are included in the 17! Probably one is even CHINA!) Maybe this subject should be brought up in the Presidential debates so that we know where Bush and Gore stand on the subject. Also, it would only be fair if comments on the forum from addresses outside the United States were limited to 21% of total comments in any one calendar month except for the month in which the Melbourne Cup occurs because Australians would have a difficult time restraining themselves at that time.
(Cirrus-I will refrain from reporting this export problem to the appropriate authorities if you immediately cancel all foreign orders and those west of the Mississippi prior to position #270. After that you can do what you wish.)
(This is all a joke guys!)
Actually, I hope to turn this situation to my advantage. I have already communicated with the dealer in Groningen, The Netherlands, by e-mail about flying a Cirrus there. He has said I can - with one of his instructors - but some day we can maybe change that policy. I also am going to write the club in Groningen that just received their Cirrus and see what can be done there. (I am partial to Groningen because my ancestors spent more than 200 years about 5 minutes by Cirrus from there.) I would love to fly a Cirrus in Europe, Australia and South Africa for example without having to fill up that rear seat tank, struggling into the survival suit and then flying for more than 10 hours with no rest stop. (I can’t stand it when my wife keeps asking - "When are we going to get there?) If these flying opportunities can be worked out I will tell Cirrus to delete the Rear Seat Tank option from my order. - Jim DeVries