The Story of Cirrus

Since day one in 1984, Cirrus Aircraft has been committed to the future of aviation, to smart safety and most adamantly, to innovation. Along the way every turn has meant challenges and opportunities to grow general aviation - to improve the flying experience itself

We are proud that after more than 25 years of dedication, today the name of Cirrus is associated with the accolades and hallmarks that mean so much to us: performance, safety, comfort and innovation. Our line of all composite personal aircraft - the SR20, SR22 and turbocharged SR22T - lives up to this by incorporating advanced performance, electronic and safety technologies including Cirrus Perspective by Garmin avionics and the unique Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS)

Our upcoming aircraft, the Cirrus Vision SF50 jet, will raise the bar higher by providing a new personal and regional business transportation solution: the "personal jet."

When you become a Cirrus owner, you aren't merely taking up a hobby; you are choosing a whole new lifestyle, one full of freedoms, choices and responsibilities unlike anything else. Our owners reflect our standards; you demand the most cutting edge technology, innovative standard safety features, impressive interiors and exhilarating performances. Together, we are devoted to these passions

We've traveled far, but in many ways, we're only just taking off. Join our family of owners and become part of the future.

Leadership Team

Dale Klapmeier

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Dale Klapmeier currently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer, responsible for active oversight of the company. In 1984, Dale, along with his brother Alan, co-founded Cirrus Aircraft in a barn on their parents' rural farmland near Baraboo, Wisconsin. Their first design, the VK-30 kit aircraft, had its initial flight in 1988. Since then, Cirrus has created multiple designs, delivering over 5,500 piston powered aircraft to date. 


Dale has been the recipient of numerous aviation industry and business awards, including the 2010 Wiley Post Spirit Award, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point's 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award, the 2007 Dr. Godfrey L. Cabot Award, the Experimental Aviation Association (EAA) 2007 Freedom of Flight Award, Airport Journal's 2006 "Living Legends" of Aviation–Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Ernst & Young's 2004 Entrepreneur of the Year for Manufacturing, and the 1992 EAA August Raspet Memorial Award. Dale and Alan were ranked at number 17 on Flying Magazine's list of the "51 Heroes of Aviation", and were inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame on 4 October 2014 in Dayton, Ohio. 

Passionate about expanding all forms of general aviation, Dale has been involved with several aviation boards and programs, such as the Red Tail Project (now known as Red Tail Squadron), the founding board of the Scott D. Anderson Leadership Foundation, and the board of NASA's Aeronautics Research Technology Round Table, Chairing its General Aviation subcommittee. He currently serves on the boards of EAA's Young Eagles–Gathering of Eagles, Aircraft Kit Industry Association (AKIA), and is Chairman of AirSpace Minnesota. As a private pilot, he has logged more than 5,000 hours of flight time. Dale holds degrees in business administration and economics from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point.

Patrick Waddick

President and Chief Operating Officer

Patrick Waddick is President and Chief Operating Officer of Cirrus Aircraft. Patrick joined Cirrus Design Corporation in 1988 contributing to the early engineering efforts on the model VK30 composite pusher-configuration aircraft. Transitioning from VK30 Chief Engineer to ST50 Project Engineering Manager, Patrick led a joint Cirrus and Israeli design team through to early flight testing stages.


Patrick began his professional affiliations first with AIAA at the University of Wisconsin, Madison as a student chapter Vice President. In 2004, he was the recipient of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Hap Arnold Award for Excellence in Program Management. Patrick is also a member of the AOPA and EAA aviation organizations. An active FAA Private Pilot since 1988, he holds a single-engine instrument land rating.

Patrick was educated at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Mechanics from the School of Engineering in 1989. During his degree program he completed a cooperative education internship with IBM Corporation in East Fishkill, New York.

Todd Simmons

Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer

Todd Simmons is the Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer at Cirrus Aircraft. He is responsible for managing the Cirrus Aircraft brand globally and for all sales, marketing and customer service and support activities for the world's best-selling line of high-performance personal, small business and training aircraft.  


Todd joined Cirrus in early 2008 as vice president of marketing and during his tenure has led a number of innovative growth initiatives aimed at both the current owner community and penetration into new segments. In spite of challenging overall economic conditions in recent years, in that time the SR22 has continued to be the best-selling airplane in its class and worldwide market share has reached an all-time high.

With more than 20 years of experience in sales, marketing and business leadership, Todd has held positions in marketing development, international marketing communications, revenue management and sales team leadership at a range of companies from boutique businesses to Fortune 500 firms. His recent aviation experience includes work at Delta Air Lines and at CubCrafters where he led sales and marketing efforts and later presided over the company. 


An active pilot, Todd holds a Bachelor of Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Paul Brey

Senior Vice President, Product Development

Paul Brey is the Senior Vice President of Product Development. He is responsible for engineering, experimental operations and program management for all aircraft models at Cirrus. Paul joined Cirrus in 1996 as Chief of Structures for the SR20 and has served as Director of Design and Program Manager for the SR22 project, Director of Product Engineering, Program Manager for the G2 and G3 projects, Airframe Technical Fellow and Vice President, Design Engineering.

Prior to joining Cirrus, Paul worked in the military and commercial aircraft industry for 13 years, including the Boeing Company and a major commercial airline. He is an FAA Designated Engineering Representative with extensive experience in stress analysis, composite structures, damage tolerance and materials and processes. Paul has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota, is a Senor AIAA member and a registered Professional Engineer.

Tom Arnold

Vice President, Aircraft Sales

Tom Arnold is the Vice President of Sales for Cirrus Aircraft, responsible for the management of the worldwide Aircraft Sales team. Tom joined Cirrus in 2009 as the Director of North American Sales and was promoted in 2011 to Executive Director of North American Sales. Prior to joining Cirrus, Tom was a seasoned technology executive with an over 30-year career in both Fortune 1000 and  start-up companies, including leadership positions in Cadence Design Systems and Clarify, as well as CEO of ADEXS and Stearman Technology Group.

After obtaining a pilot’s license 35 years ago, he continued building his flight experience and now holds an Airline Transport rating with more than 5,000 flight hours.   Tom has owned and flown many different types of aircraft from singles to twins, piston to turbine, land and amphibious. He even became a certified flight instructor so he could teach his three sons how to fly.

William King

Vice President, Business Administration

William King is the Vice President of Business Administration. He grew up in Richfield, Minnesota, a suburb of the Minneapolis area and attended Saint Cloud (Minnesota) State University graduating with a double major in Political Science and Public Administration. Upon graduation he spent twelve years working in the public sector as a City Manager and Business Development Analyst for various cities throughout Minnesota before leaving the public sector for a career in the private business world.

Bill was initially hired by Cirrus in 1992 to assist in the relocation of the young aviation company’s business as well as develop a financial plan to allow for future growth. Bill accepted the position with Cirrus anticipating a two-year commitment, but the demands of the job took him into many new arenas. Now, Bill’s role at Cirrus includes oversight of administrative functions including the Departments of Air Safety, Facilities and Intergovernmental Relations.

Rick Hollander

Vice President, Manufacturing and Supply Chain

Rick Hollander is the Vice President of Manufacturing and Supply Chain. Rick has been with Cirrus since January of 2011 and in that time has held the titles of both Director and Executive Director of Supply Chain. Over the course of his career, Rick has gained over 15 years of experience in the manufacturing and supply chain industry with positions including Director of Supply Chain at SPX, Replenishment Program Manager at Solectron Global Services and Logistics and Materials Manager at TRW.

His specialties include team development, coaching, cost reduction, operations, consulting and indirect shared services. Rick graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and an MBA in Operations Management. Rick is a certified Six Sigma greenbelt and an active private pilot.

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Worldwide Opportunities

At Cirrus Aircraft we value our employees. We offer competitive wages, benefits and the ability to earn your pilot’s license flying in one of the world’s best selling aircraft. Click below to learn more about our current openings. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cirrus Careers

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Location Open Position
Duluth, MN Engineers Located in China
Duluth, MN Paralegal
Duluth, MN Senior Engineer, Flight Test Pilot (Contract Position)
Duluth, MN Field Service Representative - Saudi Fleet
Duluth, MN Avionics Specialist
Duluth, MN Industrial Engineer
Duluth, MN Aerodynamics and Loads Engineering Manager
Duluth, MN Project Analyst
Duluth, MN Composite Bonding Supervisor
Duluth, MN Supervisor, Materials
Duluth, MN Avionics Systems Engineer
Duluth, MN Director, Fleet Sales - Civil Markets
Duluth, MN Designers/Drafters
Duluth, MN Interns, Engineering - Summer of 2015
Duluth, MN Manufacturing Engineering Technician
Duluth, MN Body Shop Technician
Duluth, MN Engineers With Travel to China
Duluth, MN Project Manager, SF50 Production
Duluth, MN Sustaining Design Engineer
Duluth, MN Assembler - Intermediate Level
Duluth, MN Airframe and Powerplant Mechanics
Duluth, MN Warehouse Specialist
Duluth, MN Aerodynamics/Performance Engineer
Duluth, MN Flight Test Technician/Crew Chief/A&P
Duluth, MN Marketing Automation Specialist
Duluth, MN Aftermarket Design Engineer
Duluth, MN SF50 Flight Operations Manager
Duluth, MN Cirrus Direct Aftermarket Sales Agent
Duluth, MN Technical Trainer
Duluth, MN Building Maintenance Technician
Duluth, MN Flight Instructor
Duluth, MN Change Management Administrator
Duluth, MN Electrical Systems Engineers
Duluth, MN Machinists
Duluth, MN Painters
Duluth, MN Experimental Technicians
Duluth, MN Painters - Night Shift
Duluth, MN QA Inspector
Duluth, MN Detailer
Duluth, MN Manufacturing Engineers - 2015
Duluth, MN CMM Programmer - Operator
Duluth, MN Assembler - Entry Level
Duluth, MN CAD Administrator
Grand Forks, ND Operations Manager - ICON
Grand Forks, ND Lay-up Technicians
Grand Forks, ND Jet Production Technician
Grand Forks, ND Supply Chain Specialist - Grand Forks
Grand Forks, ND Trim and Drill Technicians
Grand Forks, ND Composite Quality Manager
Grand Forks, ND Human Resources Coordinator
Grand Forks, ND Detool/Mold Prep Technician
Grand Forks, ND Quality Assurance Manager
Grand Forks, ND Quality Assurance Inspector
Frederick, MD Business Development Representative - Frederick, MD
London, UK Business Development Representative - Europe
Denver, CO Business Development Representative - Denver, CO

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