Shutdown stalled Cirrus deliveries

The government shutdown is over. But during its 16 days, its impact was felt by businesses as well as furloughed workers and citizens facing federal closures and reduced services.

Over at Cirrus Aircraft in Duluth, its planes couldn’t be delivered to buyers without being registered by the Federal Aviation Administration.

And that FAA office had been shut down.

“Every plane has to go through aircraft registration,” said Todd Simmons, Cirrus’s executive vice president of sales, marketing and customer support. He likened it to getting the title on a home, with the difference being there’s only one place to get plane registration.

No plane deliveries, and Cirrus doesn’t get paid.

Several planes scheduled for delivery in October were delayed and several more would have been delayed if it had gone on, Simmons said.

“We were dealing with it, but it was getting worse with each passing day,” Simmons said. “It would have been particularly bad if it had gone into November.”

His comments came Wednesday, as Congress appeared to be working out a resolution.

Simmons stressed that Cirrus wasn’t alone. It was a problem for every aircraft manufacturer in the country.

“If you’re missing that one thing in the airplane business, that one thing can stop you,” he said.

With the shutdown now over, that key FAA office should reopen today and, Simmons said, “We’ll quickly get back on track.”