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The Kestrel: History

The Kestrel was conceived in the UK and born in the US. It’s the perfect expression of British aviation and heritage and American innovation.

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Kestrel joins with ONE Aviation.


Engineering, testing and design work continues.


Type Certification Board Meeting for Certification Basis is held at the Chicago ACO offices.


Kestrel adds to its capabilities with new engineering and production facilities in Superior, Wisconsin. A production-quality mockup is introduced to aviation enthusiasts at Oshkosh AirVenture in July. The engineering and production staff in Maine and Wisconsin grows to 75+ dedicated professionals, many of them former Klapmeier teammates at Cirrus Aircraft.


Kestrel opens engineering and production facilities in Brunswick, Maine and the team grows to 50 skilled engineers. Kestrel presents the first dimensionally accurate cabin mockup at three key industry events: EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, the NBAA Convention and AOPA Aviation Summit.


In July, the Kestrel Aircraft Company is launched, with Alan Klapmeier as CEO. Design objectives include a dramatic expansion of the cabin, an upgrade in engine power and capability, and a renewed approach to interior luxury, including a commitment to custom interior design to fit individual customers’ design aesthetic. The proof of concept aircraft is displayed at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, the NBAA Convention, the AOPA Summit and the Reno Air Races. The first Kestrel engineers are hired.