A British turboprop aircraft project has taken center stage at EAA AirVenture, thanks to its new CEO. Last week, Alan Klapmeier, founder of Cirrus Aircraft, announced he was taking the reins of Kestrel Aircraft. Also, the company has signed a lease on a 170,000-square-foot building at the soon-to-close Brunswick Naval Air Station. Formerly known as the Farnborough F1, the Kestrel is a large-cabin composite single, powered by a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A. It's been under development in the United Kingdom since 2002, and the prototype is on display here in Oshkosh. Besides industry wide credibility, Klapmeier brings some of his former colleagues from Cirrus to the table, including Steve Serfling, former director of product development. Serfling called the airplane at Oshkosh a good start, and outlined some of the planned changes to the current configuration, including redesigning the controls to lighten roll control, widening the passageway from cabin to cockpit, larger windows and a possible redesign of the landing gear.