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Dale Klapmeier, Cirrus Aircraft

Season 1

By flying them over the places that shaped who they are today, Airtime brings you the stories of inspirational entrepreneurs. Find out where they get their drive from, how they made it, and who shaped them along the way. These are stories of the founders of some of the world’s most innovative and disruptive companies. All told at 3,000 feet.


This is the amazing story of National Aviation Hall of Famer, Dale Klapmeier, co-Founder of Cirrus Aircraft. In this episode, Stephen uncovers the story of how Dale went from restoring aeroplanes as a kid in a barn to building the globally recognised leader in general aviation.

Together with his brother, Alan Klapmeier, Dale founded Cirrus, a company that has completely revolutionised the general aviation industry. Because of their advanced avionics, innovative design and tireless passion for improving safety in aviation, Dale and Alan are regularly referred to as the modern day Wright brothers.

In this episode, we follow Dale’s journey as Stephen flies him from Duluth, Minnesota to Baraboo, Wisconsin, where Cirrus began. Hear what drives Dale’s passion for aviation as they visit the EAA Museum at Oshkosh, find out where he gets his inspiration from and what the future holds after retiring as CEO of Cirrus Aircraft…

This episode was filmed while flying from Duluth in a Cirrus SR22T. Stephen Newton is an EASA and FAA Instrument Rated pilot and is the Founder & Managing Partner of Elixirr.

For each episode of Airtime, Elixirr has made a donation to a charity selected by our guest star. Dale has chosen the EAA Aviation Foundation, in support of inspiring future generations, changing opinions, altering regulations, and building “The Spirit of Aviation”. We are proud to support.

You can find out more about Dale and Cirrus Aircraft at

Elixirr has offset every hour flown during the production of Airtime with carbon credits from Climate Care, a leading organisation helping businesses turn their climate responsibilities into positive outcomes.

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