Cirrus Aircraft for its SF50 Vision single-engine jet
Joins long list of leaders of aviation
The National Aeronautic Association, successor to position of administering this award to the Aero Club of America, announced its 2017 Robert J. Collier Trophy. The statement of the selection criterion is
“for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, with respect to improving the performance, efficiency, and safety of air or space vehicles, the value of which has been thoroughly demonstrated by actual use during the preceding year.”
Previous winners spell out the prestige which is associated with this honor; a partial list:
- Glen Hammond Curtis (twice: once for the development of the seaplane and the next year for a single pontoon version of the “hydroplane”)
- Orville Wright, for development of his automatic stabilizer; a year later
- Elmer Sperry, for his invention of gyroscopic control
- Harold Frederick Pitcairn and associates for development of the autogyro.
- Glenn L. Martin for the design of the Martin B-10 (XB-907) bomber.
- Donald W. Douglas and his technical and production personnel.
- Howard Hughes
- Chuck Yeager for piloting the Bell X-1, the first aircraft to break the sound barrier
- Clarence “Kelly” Johnson of Lockheed Skunk Works, and Gerhard Neumann and Neil Burgess of GE, for leadership in the development of the F-104 Starfighter (1958) and its J79
- Scott Crossfield, Joseph A. Walker, Robert Michael White and Forrest S. Petersen, X-15 test pilots.
- 1985 – Russell W Meyer and Cessna Aircraft for the outstanding safety record of the Cessna Citation aircraft
- 1986 – Dick Rutan, Jeana Yeager, Burt Rutan and the team of the non-stop unrefueled circumnavigation of the Rutan Voyager
- The Commercial Aviation Safety Team
- The Boeing Company for designing, building, delivering, and supporting the 787 Dreamliner
This year’s winner is Cirrus Aircraft for its SF50 Vision single-engine jet. The plane is the product of the vision of Dale Klapmeier, Co-Founder & CEO of the company. The website shares the goal of Klapmeier:
“Cirrus Aircraft was boyhood dream of ours to connect more people with aviation by making it fascinating for both pilots and passengers. We wanted to create an experience that was more intuitive, more comfortable, more immersive and more compelling. And years later, I am proud of how our team has redefined the piston and jet categories through innovation, performance and safety.”
The NAA citation for the Duluth, Minnesota-based company’s award reads:
“designing, certifying, and entering-into-service the Vision Jet—the world’s first single-engine general aviation personal jet aircraft with a whole-airframe parachute system.”
Klapmeier responded to the honor with the following statement:
“At Cirrus, we are honored and humbled to be awarded the 2017 Collier Trophy and to even be mentioned among the giants in aviation and space research that have won before us. The arrival of the Vision Jet has forever changed general aviation and personal transportation, and the 2017 Collier Trophy is dedicated to all of our employees and partners who have been a part of the development, production, and now delivery of this airplane.”
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