Alan Klapmeier: Kestrel Has to Prove the Value of Its Size
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As the newly appointed CEO of Kestrel Aircraft, former Cirrus visionary Alan Klapmeier says the big turboprop is a complex, expensive airplane that will need to prove its worth against stiff competition from small jets. So what's the niche? In this podcast, Klapmeier told AVweb that the Kestrel — and others of its ilk — do something little jets can't. They carry a lot of stuff over long distances into and out of short runways. The airplane also has a large, comfortable pressurized cabin rather than the tighter confines of entry-level jets it might compete against. The Kestrel prototype is on display at AirVenture.