Cirrus Aircraft today announced that Todd Simmons has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing. In his new role, Simmons is responsible for managing the Cirrus Aircraft brand globally and for all sales and marketing activities for the world’s best-selling line of high-performance personal, small business and training aircraft.
“Todd is an energetic leader with a depth of experience and a proven track record of growing the business,” said Brent Wouters, Cirrus President and Chief Executive Officer. “Todd’s new position and the global responsibilities that come with it coincide with our new partnership with China Aviation Industry General Aircraft, Co., Ltd. (CAIGA).”
Wouters continued, “With the CAIGA merger complete, Cirrus is in a unique and enviable position to change our growth trajectory as we come out of a challenging few years. Todd’s appointment today is a key step in realigning existing resources and making new investments in our worldwide sales and marketing organization to better serve current and future Cirrus Aircraft owners and to support new products and services we have in development.”
"I’m grateful and excited for the opportunity to lead our global sales and marketing efforts and to manage the most compelling brand in general aviation,” said Simmons. “Cirrus has an unparalleled record of innovation. Our family of light piston aircraft is the safest, highest performing and most technologically advanced in the world today. And with the Vision Jet just around the corner, we have the opportunity to transform personal mobility and transportation again. As a passionate pilot and aviator, and as a marketing and sales professional, I’m thrilled at what the future holds for Cirrus Aircraft employees, our customers and for general aviation overall.”
Simmons joined Cirrus in early 2008 as Vice President of Marketing and during his tenure has led a number of innovative growth initiatives aimed at both the current owner community and at new segments. In spite of challenging overall economic conditions during these efforts, the SR22 remains the best-selling four-seat aircraft in the world and its worldwide market share has grown to an all-time high.
With more than 20 years of experience in sales, marketing and business leadership, Simmons has held positions in marketing development, international marketing communications and revenue management at a range of companies from boutique firms to Fortune 500 companies. His aviation experience includes work at Delta Air Lines and at CubCrafters where he led sales and marketing efforts and later presided over the company.
Simmons holds a Bachelor's of Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Englewood, Colorado, June 15, 2011— Independence Aviation LLC (IA), based at Centennial Airport (KAPA) in Englewood, Colorado, has been designated a Cirrus Platinum Training Center by Cirrus Aircraft of Duluth, Minnesota. The prestigious appointment recognizes IA as a training center that “epitomizes premium quality service, exceptional training, outstanding support and state-of-the-art technical skill.”
“At IA we take aviation seriously while also having fun. Our objective has been to craft the best flight school and rental operation available. Being recognized by Cirrus as such is a great compliment to our team and organization,” said Robert “Bob” Stedman, President and Chief Pilot of IA. He and Chief Instructor Pilot Charles “Chuck” Gensler are both Cirrus Platinum Certified Standardized Instructor Pilots (Platinum CSIP.)
In order to achieve Platinum status, IA has to meet and maintain stringent requirements, including training in Cirrus’ newest and most advanced aircraft utilizing Perspective by Garmin™ avionics. They also must use Cirrus-accepted training syllabi to promote a high level of standardization and safety during flight training. Both the available rental fleet and instructor corps reflect the business focus on safety and fun.
Currently one of a select few Platinum Training Centers in the world, IA is proud to be recognized as a leader in flight training, both in the Rocky Mountain region and the nation.
About Independence Aviation
Independence Aviation (IA) provides aircraft rentals, aviation instruction and pilot mentoring programs, plus aircraft and hangar management. Founded in 2007 by two veteran Certified Flight Instructors, the firm is guided by a philosophy that relationship-based flight instruction produces superior private pilots. Key elements of IA’s approach are to teach students in airplanes they’d be willing to fly cross-country, and mentor them as they evolve to aircraft that fly faster and higher. All IA planes are used for instruction and rentals to qualified pilots. The entire fleet is equipped with modern avionics and current databases, and each aircraft is impeccably maintained in both mechanical operations and appearance.
Independence Aviation, LLC
12780 East Control Tower Road, # J-15
Englewood, CO 80112
Recently designated a Cirrus Platinum Partner, Coast Flight Training and Management now manages the largest fleet of Cirrus Aircraft on the West Coast.
San Diego, Calif. (PRWEB) June 8, 2011 – Coast Flight Training and Management Inc. (Coast Flight) of San Diego, Calif., recently designated as a Cirrus Platinum Partner, is about to take delivery of two new Cirrus aircraft bringing their fleet total to 18 and allowing them to proudly boast the status as holder of the largest fleet of Cirrus Aircraft on the entire West Coast of the United States.
Cirrus Aircraft is a recognized leader in personal aircraft aviation. Its SR20 and SR22 family of composite airplanes incorporate innovative and advanced performance and safety technologies, including the unique Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS™). The SR22 has been general aviation’s best-selling four-seater airplane for the last ten years. The fully-loaded SR22T exemplifies all the features and character that Cirrus has introduced into general aviation in the last decade such as Flight Into Known Icing (FIKI); Cirrus Perspective by Garmin™ avionics with Synthetic Vision; Enhanced Stability and Protection (ESP); Stall and Over-speed protection; Hypoxia check/automatic descent; Traffic and Terrain (TAWS) warnings; EVS (combination infra-red and visible light vision for night use); paperless cockpit; ADS/B support; air conditioning and an individualized interior and exterior (known as “Xi” in Cirrus parlance).
The honor of becoming a Cirrus Platinum Partner is reserved for members of the worldwide Cirrus network who consistently maintain and display the highest levels of customer service, technical skills and training standards. Cost exemplifies these standards with its highly trained technicians, wide-range of services, outstanding customer support and satisfaction and impressive fleet of state-of-the-art Cirrus SR20s and SR22s.
Where Coast Flight really shines, however, is pilot training. As the finest and best-equipped Cirrus training center on the West Coast, Coast Flight counts on top tier Professional Pilot Instructors dedicated to Scenario Based Training (SBT), also used by the military and commercial airlines, that focuses on providing the student with critical decision-making skills necessary to exercise the duties and responsibilities of the pilot-in-command.
Additionally, earlier this month Will Dryden, President of Coast, was approved and designated as a Platinum Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot (CSIP) by Cirrus. This elite Platinum group includes the top CSIPs that have stood out as the best of the best. With Will’s years of experience and Coast Flight’s fleet of Cirrus airplanes, no other flight school is better equipped to prepare pilots for the future of aviation.
This unmatched combination of a Cirrus Platinum service and training center, modern Cirrus aircraft, The best available Professional Pilot Instructors and SBT gives students a complete training package not found anywhere on the West Coast.
About Coast Flight Training and Management Inc.
Coast Flight deploys its business in a state of the art facility composed of six fully equipped classrooms and a large auditorium. Flying lessons taught in new and modern Cirrus SR20s and SR22s fleet are complemented by theoretical instruction carried out in a brand new, full motion RedBird flight simulator. For more information, visit iflycoast.com or call 858-279-4359.
Coast Flight Training and Management Inc.
3753 John J. Montgomery Drive
San Diego, CA 92123
While flying is a joy any time of the year, there’s nothing quite like deserted beaches, pristine golf courses and cool weekend escapes afforded a Cirrus owner during the summer months. No other season is made for flying like summer.
If you’ve been thinking about upgrading to a Cirrus, this is the summer to do it. From now until June 30, 2011¹, take advantage of the year’s best warranty offer.
Five-year Spinner to Tail Warranty on New Aircraft
No other aircraft does this – a five-year limited warranty2, airframe and engine, spinner to tail on new aircraft purchases. Cirrus is the only company to offer you anything like this.
Best Trade-in Value for Any Aircraft
List any used plane³ through CIRRUS CERTIFIED™ and take advantage of limited time offers to help you transition seamlessly from your current airplane to a brand new Cirrus aircraft.
Move Forward with Your Dream by Leasing Back
Make buying a Cirrus even easier by participating in our enhanced demo leaseback program. For a limited time we are offering premium flight hour payment rates.
Enjoy the Summer from 10,000 Feet
Whether you cruise in the surprisingly affordable SR20, the impressive SR22, the best performing SR22T or design your own Xi you’ll be travelling in style (with Air Conditioning available on all aircraft models).
CALL NOW for more information:
cirrusaircraft.com or 866.386.0757 +1.218.529.7292
Tiger fishing on the majestic Chobe River, wild game viewing, spa treatments, braai dinner, Victoria Falls day trip, sunset cruise through Chobe National Park – sounds like a great way to connect with old friends and meet new. Act before April 28 to reserve your spot in the 2011 South African Cirrus Migration, June 24 – 26 at Chobe Marina Lodge in Botswana. For more information, contact Done: 082.302.1593 or email@example.com.
Wednesday, May 11 to Sunday, May 15, 2011
Our Lucaya Beach & Golf Resort
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, The Bahamas
Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) has announced the dates and highlights for the 2011 COPA Bahamas Adventure.
This year’s getaway will include an additional day, making it a three-night, four-day Bahamas excursion. Highlights include:
For more information, check out the COPA website, or contact:
Joe McMonigle, COPA Member
Jim and Nancy Knollenberg
In response to a letter by Congressman Chip Cravaack sent to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner on March 25th, 2011, indicating concern for the Cirrus Aircraft/CAIGA merger, please click below for the full text of a letter today from Cirrus Aircraft President and CEO Brent Wouters to Rep. Cravaack and several of his Congressional colleagues.
Ten years ago Cirrus made history with the SR22. It may seem obvious now, but no other aircraft in this class had the unparalleled aeronautical innovation, breathtaking performance and world class craftsmanship. Since its debut in 2001, the SR22 has remained the world's best selling single-engine aircraft. To venerate a decade of history making, we present to you our most impressive - and exclusive - aircraft yet: the Limited Commemorative Edition SR22T.
If You See One, You'll Know It
The epitome of everything you've ever wanted in the SR22, our heart and soul are the foundation of these ten aircraft. With exclusive exterior design and interior style, unparalleled feature packages and accessories created just to mark the occasion no other Cirrus will turn heads like this one.
Own a Piece of Aviation History
Take flight in the technological tour-de-force that nods to the past while rocketing into the future. If you're interested in becoming the owner of one of the most exclusive Cirrus aircraft ever, don't wait. Only ten of these will fly out of our world headquarters in Duluth, Minnesota and several have already been claimed. If you want to touch down in your home airport in a legend, call today.
Goulian Aerosports partners with Whelen Engineering
Two innovative partners create multi-year strategic alliance
Maynard, MA (February 23, 2011) – Goulian Aerosports, a leading aviation marketing and air show company built upon champion pilot Mike Goulian, announced a new partnership with Whelen Engineering Co., Inc, Chester, CT.
Whelen is a leader in aviation, automotive, and mass notification lighting and warning signals. Whelen is the only major US manufacturer of emergency warning equipment to still manufacture its products entirely in the United States in two facilities, one in Connecticut and the other in New Hampshire.
READ the entire press release: Download Whelen Press Release 2-23-2011
Cirrus Aircraft proudly offers Whelen landing and wingtip lights (pictured below) on the exclusive 2011 Limited Commemorative Edition SR22T.