12 February, 2018: Cirrus Aircraft, an aircraft manufacturer headquartered in Duluth, Minnesota, United States has appointed industry veteran Ken Harness as Senior Vice President of Product Development.
Ken joins Cirrus Aircraft with over 28 years of leadership expertise in the aviation and aerospace industries. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Product Development and Engineering at Highland Group. Prior to that, Ken led commercial helicopter production as Chief Operating Officer at Sikorsky Global Helicopters. Ken also served as Chief Operating Officer at Diamond Aircraft and as Vice President of Engineering at Eclipse Aviation, where he helped lead the development and certification of the Eclipse 500 Very Light Jet. Ken is co-inventor on three patents as a result of his leadership at Eclipse on the world’s first FAA certified halon replacement fire suppression system. Beyond his most recent experience, Ken also held leadership roles with Sikorsky Aircraft, Pratt and Whitney, and Williams International.
Ken holds a Master’s of Business Administration from Oakland University, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Aviation Technology from Purdue University, and he also served six years in the United States Army as a helicopter test pilot. As an aviation enthusiast, Ken is a FAA licensed commercial pilot for both helicopters and multi-engine airplanes and an aircraft mechanic.
As the Senior Vice President of Product Development at Cirrus Aircraft, Ken will lead all aspects of Product Development and Engineering, as well as design, manufacturing and process engineering, as well as the experimental build and flight test teams.