No More Cirrus Ferry Flights

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Cirrus Design will no longer have to fly its brand-new airplanes across the Atlantic to its European customers, under a new arrangement with Britten-Norman, based on the Isle of Wight in the U.K., Cirrus said last week. "Cirrus planes will still be assembled in our U.S. facilities, where they receive their Certificate of Airworthiness," said John Bingham, executive vice-president of sales and marketing. "Each European-bound plane will then be partially dismantled and carefully crated." The aircraft will then be shipped to Britten-Norman for final reassembly and delivery. Accelerometers are installed in the containers to keep a record if the shipment is disturbed in any way, the company said. Britten-Norman will complete the assembly, initially for European customers and potentially for other geographic markets in the future, Cirrus said. Britten-Norman has over 40 years of experience in the manufacture, maintenance, repair and overhaul of light aircraft. "This arrangement brings many new advantages to our European-based customers, with the principle feature that their new airplane will no longer have to endure the rigors of a trans-Atlantic ferry flight as part of the delivery process," Bingham said.