Thursday, February 16, 2012
The Wichita area takes pride in its general aviation manufacturing, but many of the small planes flown in the area aren’t locally built.
Take the Cirrus aircraft for example. The Duluth, Minnesota assembled plane dropped in at the Hutchinson Airport on a tour, celebrating a production milestone.
Cirrus had its beginnings in the 1980s, when it built airplane kits for assembly by airplane enthusiasts.
It’s come a long way in the past decade, to the point of delivering its five-thousandths Cirrus on tour, which is quite the milestone for Cirrus.
It has come to Wells Aircraft in Hutchinson, where the planes are serviced and training is offered.
Cirrus Regional Sales Manager Jeff Sandusky says, “We started off as a small company and in just a very short period of time grew to the largest general aviation manufacturer in the world."
That largest destination is based on single-engine piston sales, says Sandusky.