Cirrus Aircraft Awarded the 2017 Collier Trophy

Members of the aerospace community gathered together on June 14, 2018 in Washington, D.C. to award the Robert J. Collier Trophy to Cirrus Air craft “… For designing, certifying and entering into service the Vision Jet; the world’s first single-engine general aviation personal jet aircraft that advances safety with a whole-airframe parachute system.”

Administered by the National Aeronautic Association and displayed at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, the Collier Trophy is awarded annually “…for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America” in the preceding year. At seven and a half feet tall and over 500 pounds, the trophy represents a timeline of air and space achievements marking major events in the history of flight.

The highlight of the evening was the 103rd presentation of the Collier Trophy to Dale Klapmeier, Co-Founder and CEO of Cirrus Aircraft. “At Cirrus Aircraft 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,” said Klapmeier in April when the award was announced. “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 game-changing airplane. We will celebrate this great honor by continuing to focus on our core mission of creating safer aircraft, safer pilots and safer skies.”

Congratulations to the Cirrus Aircraft team for your extraordinary accomplishment!