Piston and jet aircraft manufacturer Cirrus Aircraft is creating a state-of-the-art, world-class Duluth Innovation Center in which its engineering, flight test, experimental, design and development, and other employees will develop next-generation aircraft. Located at the Duluth International Airport in Duluth, Minnesota, where Cirrus is based, the recently announced 189,000-square-foot (17,558-square-meter) center will feature amenities and flexible workspaces to create optimal working conditions and a “break from the traditional office and lab environment,” Cirrus says.
“A Company Of Big Ideas”
The center is housed in the former Northwest Airlines Corp. facility, which Cirrus recently acquired from the Duluth Economic Development Authority (DEDA). Located on 39 acres, the building has been vacant since May 2020. Renovations are to begin yet this month. Zean Nielsen, Cirrus Aircraft CEO, says the center is designed to be the epicenter for personal aviation engineering and a destination for top talent from around the world.
“Doubling down with a massive facility such as this underscores our relentless pursuit of continuous innovation that makes owning and operating a Cirrus safe, convenient, and easy,” Nielsen says. “We are a company of big ideas, such as putting a parachute on every Cirrus aircraft, designing and building a single-engine jet, introducing Safe Return Autoland, rolling out Cirrus IQ connectivity, and offering a 360-degree ecosystem around the customer.”
The Cirrus Lineup
Dale and Alan Klapmeier founded Cirrus in 1984 in Wisconsin. The company’s aircraft lineup now includes SR20, SR22, and turbocharged SR22T piston-powered models equipped with either Lycoming or Continental engines. Cirrus also manufactures the seven-passenger, single-engine Vision Jet, which it markets as the world’s first personal jet.
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Posted On: 9/28/2022 10:35:42 AM