Alan Klapmeier on the First Flight of Cirrus Design's "The-Jet"

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In many ways, today was the day Alan and Dale Klapmeier have been waiting for since the 1980s when they first started thinking about building airplanes. But as Alan Klapmeier told AVweb's Russ Niles, Thursday's first flight of the verification test aircraft of Cirrus's The-Jet is actually more of a beginning as they head toward certification and production of the five-plus-two-passenger personal jet.