Apparently it is not all doom and gloom in the general aviation marketplace. Cirrus Design Corp. President & CEO Brent Wouters announced that while international sales of its Cirrus aircraft were down 2% domestic deliveries of its aircraft will be in the mid-300s this year.
Cirrus manufactures the SR20 and SR22 model aircraft and has been producing them at the rate of 3-4 per week. The company recently announced plans to increase production to 6 aircraft per week to meet increased demand for its aircraft.
However, this increase in production rate will not result in laid off workers being recalled at the present time. The company says its recent efforts to improve efficiency in manufacturing have improved the bottom line through cost-cutting and increased sales.
In addition the company has stated it will continue the development of its single engine jet aircraft which has accumulated over 150 hours of flight testing.
Let's hope this trend continues, and that other manufacturers like Cessna and Piper will see the same improvement in aircraft sales.
Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch!
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