A new company, ONE Aviation Corp. has been formed, which will continue development of the Kestrel K350 single-engine turboprop, as well as manufacturing of the Eclipse 550 jet.
Alan Klapmeier, who founded Cirrus Aircraft with his brother, Dale, will lead the new company.
“I feel privileged to lead this experienced team of aviation professionals as we increase production of the Eclipse Jet, further the development of the Kestrel turboprop, and build a suite of general aviation products second to none in the industry,” said Klapmeier, CEO of ONE Aviation. “I am particularly excited about the Eclipse 550. As our pilot experience and aircraft needs grow, we look to move up — to fly higher, faster, and safer. For many pilots and aircraft owners, the Eclipse Jet, with its incredible efficiency and safety record, provides that next step.”
“Combining the synergies of Eclipse and Kestrel under the leadership of Alan Klapmeier is a perfect fit,” said Mason Holland, chairman of ONE Aviation and the force behind the resurrection of the Eclipse jet. “I believe that our current, as well as our future, customers will appreciate Alan’s vision and his prior experience in leading the design, development, and production of one of the world’s most successful aircraft programs. Alan knows our customers, he is a champion for them, and he is recognized throughout the aviation industry as an innovator and transformational leader.”
The Eclipse Jet is currently in production. Development of the Kestrel K350 continues.