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Eclipse, Kestrel to combine as One Aviation

A co-founder of Cirrus Aircraft will lead a new company created from the merger of very light business jet maker Eclipse Aerospace and Kestrel Aircraft.

Alan Klapmeier, chief executive of One Aviation Corp., made the announcement Wednesday at AERO Friedrichshafen, an annual general aviation show in Germany.

The new company will take over production of the Eclipse 550 and the Kestrel K350 single-engine turboprop, which is under development, according to a One Aviation news release.

Klapmeier said in the release that One Aviation will increase production of the Eclipse jet and further development of the Kestrel turboprop. It will do so “by consolidating and leveraging the Eclipse and Kestrel business operations, supply chain, marketing and sales teams all under a single and seasoned management team,” the release said.

The new company also plans to “design, acquire, and build additional aircraft complementary to its two core products,” the release said.

Klapmeier and his brother, Dale, founded Cirrus in 1984. Klapmeier, who was chairman of Cirrus until 2009, was most recently CEO of Kestrel Aircraft.