Black Leaves Cirrus, But Doesn’t Go Too Far

Published in Midwest Flyer – April/May 2020 issue

DULUTH, MINN. – Longtime Cirrus Aircraft test pilot and regional salesman, Gary Black, has left Cirrus Aircraft after being with the company for decades. He is now working at Aerista, a partner with Cirrus Aircraft in the preowned market.

Black will continue to reside in Duluth, and will initially focus on pre-owned Cirrus sales in his well-known territories in the Upper Midwest and Canada.

Anyone looking for a preowned Cirrus, or is looking to sell their Cirrus, may contact Gary Black at 612-810-4712 or

Aerista is owned by Chris Eichman and Steve Schwartz, who began their aviation sales careers with Cirrus Aircraft in the early 2000s. In 2009, Eichman and Schwartz left Cirrus to found TAS Aircraft Sales – now known as Aerista – after identifying that there was a demand for quality, late-model pre-owned aircraft.

In addition to selling preowned Cirrus piston aircraft, Aerista established a turbine aircraft division in 2014, and now employs specialists in the Vision Jet, Piper PA-46 and Pilatus PC-12 markets. The company has eight offices nationwide, and is headquartered at Portland-Troutdale Airport in Troutdale, Oregon (

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