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Dale Klapmeier Named CEO at CIRRUS Aircraft

Cirrus Aircraft have announced that Co-Founder Dale Klapmeier has been named Chief Executive Officer. Brent Wouters- previously President and Chief Executive Officer- is no longer with the company.

In accepting the new role- Klapmeier commented: “At Cirrus- we are passionate about airplanes and flying- and I am passionate about this company. Along with our new owners- our commitment is stronger than ever to the same goals and ideals that we had when we started the company more than 25 years ago. And that goal is to make the dream of flight a reality for more people- both in the U.S. and around the world. Today we are at the beginning of the next chapter of the reinvention of personal transportation.”

For nearly 10 years in a row- the Cirrus SR22 family of aircraft has been the best-selling four-place airplane in the world. Known for incorporating luxury automotive ergonomics- pilot-friendly avionics and advanced safety features into its high performance airplanes- Cirrus has delivered nearly 5-000 new piston airplanes over the last decade. Cirrus pioneered the use of the FAA-certified Cirrus Airframe Parachute System™ that is standard equipment on all Cirrus aircraft. Earlier this year- Cirrus Aircraft was selected to provide a fleet of training aircraft for the United States Air Force Academy. 

More information visit – www.cirrusaircraft.com


C-NM5 from CSIR-NAL and Mahindra Aerospace Makes Maiden Flight
- Milestone event for India’s first public-private partnership in aircraft development

India's CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories (CSIR-NAL – a constituent laboratory of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research)- and Mahindra Aerospace (a part of India’s US $12.5 billion Mahindra Group) today announced the successful maiden flight of their jointly developed C-NM5 aircraft- marking an important milestone in their collaborative aircraft development programme.

The programme is India's first public-private partnership in the development of aircraft- and this milestone event is the result of teamwork across three development teams – CSIR-NAL- Mahindra Aerospace and GippsAero (a Mahindra Aerospace subsidiary in Australia).

Engineers from CSIR-NAL and Mahindra Aerospace spent close to three years designing this all-new aircraft using cutting-edge design and analysis tools.
The prototype was built over a 10 month period by the rapid prototyping team at GippsAero in their facilities near Melbourne- Australia. Flight testing is being performed at GippsAero by a professionally- trained test pilot supported by GippsAero’s flight test team.

The 45-minute first flight on the 1st of September tested basic handling of the aircraft. Subsequent flights have evaluated aircraft stability and control in different flight regimes. Developmental flight testing and evaluations are continuing- with the ultimate objective of achieving Type Certification in keeping with international regulatory standards- followed by a global sales and marketing programme.

The C-NM5 is a 5-seat all-metal aircraft powered by a Lycoming IO-540 engine- and features non-retractable landing gear and a spacious cabin with large access doors. The cabin interior is reconfigurable to adapt the aircraft to different roles- while simplicity of systems and ease of maintenance are design drivers throughout the aircraft. The C-NM5 thus complements Mahindra Aerospace's growing family of light utility aircraft that are designed to meet the latest global standards- while operating in environments with limited infrastructure at extremely low costs per seat mile. 

More information visit – www.mahindra.com or www.gippsaero.com


VULCANAIR’s Garmin Approval
- Vulcanair obtains EASA approval for installation of Garmin G950 glass cockpit on to Vulcnair’s piston series aircraft.

Vulcanair has confirmed that EASA have validated Garmin G950 Glass Cockpits in Vulcanair Piston Aircraft. The new system will be available immediately on all new aircraft. The G950 brings the specifications of the P68 Series aircraft to the GA highest industry standards in terms of avionics.

The system selected has 2 screens a MFD and a PFD integrating as well the engine parameters displayed on the MFD.

G950 is available both for the P68C and P68R (retractable) aircraft- which have a conventional nose configuration. In addition- G950 is also available on the P68 Observer Series.

The installation of the system on to our plexiglass nose helicopter-like aircraft is a first in the industry. This configuration allows having an advanced full IFR glass cockpit aircraft while retaining the unequalled visibility necessary for surveillance purposes.

In addition to the avionics improvements- Vulcanair Aircraft are further improved with completely redesigned cockpits including positioning of the circuit breaker panels and various switches to improve the ergonomics and safety inflight- as well as a completely redesigned ventilation system. 

More information visit – www.vulcanair.com

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