|Myth 1 - Composite aircraft can be built with fewer man-hours than aluminum aircraft.|
The April 1995 issue of Aviation Consumer quoted Cirrus president Alan Klapmeier:
"...we have low cost as our highest goal. We're not saying it is going to be lighter, we're not shooting for performance, we're aiming for low assembly and low parts count."
The December 2002 issue of AOPA Pilot reported:
"When started, the SR took 2500 hours to build. It now takes 1906 hours of work.
Compare that with these numbers from Beechcraft:
Or from Cessna: