I called Cirrus today and was told, they delivered position#34 which equates to serial number 1031 today. They expect (alltogether) 7 maybe 8 deliveries this month and 9 next month (May). To go to much more than this rate, they need more captial. Maybe 20-30 Million $$$$$$.
If all position holders (about 500) send in their progress payments of $15,000 each today, it would be a 7.5 million dollar help to Cirrus that would speed up production. I already sent mine in. It probably won’t help me at this point but will help people with number 100 and up. How is that for fate in Cirrus?
The problem could easily seem to be a lack of capital, but a closer look at the numbers suggest it is the learning curve of efficient airplane building: 450 employees working 8 hours per day for 22 days/month = 79,200 person-hours. Divide that into 8 SR20s, and you have 9900 hours of construction each. For those of us who chickened out of the lancair kits because we didn’t have 2000+ hours to spend away from our wives and jobs, there is recognition of the terrific task that still needs to occur in Duluth to make this venture a success. Sending in more money may not be the key here. Be patient, have faith, and notice how the learning curve is clearly and cleanly moving in the right direction.
Send in my $15,000 payment early??? Reza, I thoroughly enjoy the personality and perspective you bring to this forum, but once again you are sniffing too much glue. aa