Very well said, Captain Walt! And impressively altruistic (no sarcasm intended), considering that you already have your SR20! Given your unofficial role as First Captain of the Cirrus Customer Contingent, perhaps you could gently pass these thoughts on to the authorities in Duluth??
I second the motion and appreciate Walt’s empathy. Its still shocking to me that Hap Henwood’s plane (#41?) has been scheduled (in writing) for a 7/15 delivery. That’s barely 1 delivery a week, a far cry from the “100 planes by Oshkosh” I’d been led to believe a couple of months ago.
While still hopelessly committed to the plane and the company, it wouldn’t hurt for Cirrus to be reminded that at least some of its customers don’t appreciate the distraction while they’ve got a 500 plane backlog.
I DEFFINATELY think it is in Cirrus’ best interest to communicate the status of the production certificate…if not the time period
then the criteria or number of planes necessary before they get it…
Anyone speaking to them this would be a great question…a good followup would be do they anticipate that the certificate would in and of itself that week change the production rate…Thanks.
Sixteen-year-old Solos in Innovative Cirrus SR20
A Martinez, Ga., teenager is the first student pilot to solo in the
most advanced aircraft to hit the general aviation market in two decades.
Augusta, Ga. Â– January 31, 2000 Â– Jamail Larkins of Martinez, Ga., turned 16 years old yesterday; but instead of taking his driverÂ’s license test so he could borrow the family car today, Larkins became the first student pilot to solo in a Cirrus SR20. This event is unusual because Jamail has been flying since he was 12, coupled with the fact that no student pilot has flown solo in a Cirrus SR20 Â– the first start-from-scratch aircraft in its category to hit the general aviation market in more than 20 years.
“It seems fitting,” said Alan Klapmeier, president and CEO of Cirrus Design Corp. “Jamail is a mature, intelligent young man who is working hard to take the world of aviation by storm. Cirrus Design is a forward-thinking, innovative company trying to do the same thing with the SR20.”
The Cirrus SR20 is a sleek, technologically advanced, FAA-certified single-engine airplane incorporating features not found on any existing production aircraft Â– composite materials, ten-inch moving map display and an airframe parachute system that lowers the plane to safety in the event of an emergency. Customer deliveries began in July 1999.
Cirrus Design certified flight instructor Bruce Gunter gave Larkins the go-ahead to solo in the airplane. “Jamail has flown more than 260 hours in 34 different aircraft. For him, flying the SR20 is a breeze,” said Gunter. Larkins has been ready to fly the SR20 for several months, but due to Federal Aviation Administration regulations, could not solo before age 16.
“I feel fantastic,” said the smiling Larkins as he stepped out of the airplane. “IÂ’ve waited a long time to do this. I was loving every second of it.” Larkins had hoped to solo on his birthday, but the weather on Sunday was inclement.
Cirrus Design Corporation is based in Duluth, Minn. The company designs, manufactures and markets general aviation composite aircraft, incorporating advanced technologies that result in high levels of performance, comfort and safety.