American general aviation aircraft manufacturer Cirrus Aircraft has officially broken ground for its new facility at the McKinney National Airport (TKI) in the Dallas Metroplex.
The new construction will expand upon current Cirrus McKinney operations and provide additional space for aircraft sales, flight training, factory service and aircraft management.
“The Dallas Metroplex is a central location for many of our SR Series and Vision Jet owners,” said Todd Simmons, President of Customer Experience of Cirrus Aircraft.
“With this new expansion at Cirrus McKinney, we are excited to continue enhancing the aircraft ownership experience for our current owners and also create an environment to introduce more people to the benefits of personal aviation.”
“We are proud to partner with the City of McKinney, McKinney Economic Development Corporation and McKinney National Airport and look forward to growing personal aviation in the Dallas Metroplex.”
Cirrus Aircraft plans to invest $13 million into the new 45,000-square-foot Cirrus McKinney facility.
The expansion will include a 15,000-square-foot service hangar, 15,000-square-foot storage hangar, eight shade canopies, a flight simulation space, retail store and a customer lounge with a panoramic viewing balcony.
Today, Cirrus McKinney employs more than 50 team members and plans to continue adding more career opportunities in the future.
About Cirrus Aircraft
Originally founded in 1984, Cirrus Aircraft company is headquartered in Duluth, Minnesota and produces a range of single-engine piston aircraft and personal jets.
One of the most notable features of Cirrus Aircraft is its incorporation of a parachute system called the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS) into many of its planes.
The landmark innovation has become the first FAA-certified whole-airframe parachute safety system included as standard equipment on an aircraft.
This system allows the entire aircraft to be safely lowered to the ground in the event of an emergency, and has been credited with saving numerous lives over the years.
The manufacturer’s most popular model is the SR22, a single-engine piston airplane that has been in production since 2001.
The SR22 is known for its advanced avionics and safety features, as well as its speed and range capabilities. In addition to the SR22, Cirrus also produces the SR20 and the Vision Jet, which is a single-engine personal jet.
Cirrus Aircraft has won numerous awards for its innovations and designs, and is considered a leader in the general aviation industry. The company has a strong focus on safety and innovation, and continues to push the boundaries of what is possible in general aviation.
To date, worldwide flight time on Cirrus aircraft has passed 15 million hours, and 250 people have returned home safely to their families as a result of the inclusion of CAPS as a standard feature on all its aircraft.
The company has seven locations in the United States, including Duluth, Minnesota; Grand Forks, North Dakota; Greater Dallas, Texas; Greater Phoenix, Arizona; and Greater Orlando, Florida; Knoxville, Tennessee and Benton Harbor, Michigan.