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.

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