I’ve noted here before that Cirrus Design up in Duluth, which makes airplanes, is one of the true Minnesota success stories. Alan Klapmeier — its boss — may be one of the most influential people in general aviation. Yet he’s unknown to most Minnesotans.
Today, however, Klapmeier stepped down as the CEO of the company.
You never know in these announcements how much of the reasoning is true, and how much is just corporatespeak for something more dire. Klapmeier acknowledges times have been tough for the industry (is there an industry for which times haven’t been tough?) but says he thinks Cirrus “has gotten a handle on that.”