With all the attention (good and bad) being paid to the aggressive position taken by Cessna in bringing an LSA to market, it seemed that it was time to catch up with Cirrus Design's LSA program... starting with an overview of the original announcement at Oshkosh 2007 and updated (in Part Two and Parth Three) with the latest info as of the 2008 Sebring Sport Aviation Expo, recently concluded in central Florida.
The Cirrus design SRS is based on the European Fk Polaris, which was originally lighter, faster, and not quite in agreement with the FAA's LSA specs - prior to its ongoing "Cirrus-ization." Once that process is complete, it will max out the LSA standards -- which will give the CD engineering team the unusual task of slowing down the lightning quick European version.
Manufacturer Fk Lightplanes has a 17-year history in light plane manufacturing. With operations in Poland, the Klapmeiers foresee the manufacture of their plane remaining in Poland, with assembly in the US -- a model followed by other vendors of foreign-sourced planes.