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May 20, 2008
By Alton K. Marsh
Cirrus Design is now offering its top-of-the-line SR22 and turbo models with a panic button.
The customized $48,000 Garmin Perspective integrated cockpit option includes a bright blue emergency switch called LVL to return the airplane to straight-and-level flight. The LVL button can recover the aircraft from an attitude of 75 degrees of roll and 50 degrees of pitch, even if they occur simultaneously.
The Avidyne glass-cockpit system is still being offered.
Reaction from Cirrus owners to the new model ranged from “fantastic,” “brilliant,” and “tremendous,” to expressing a few minor concerns. The cost of the option offers “...a real moment of consideration,” said one owner. Cirrus owners were pleased when the G3 airplane model included a 50-pound increase in useful load, compared to the G2 model. But now the Perspective model comes with a weight increase of 40 pounds, negating the earlier gain.
While almost all Cirrus airplanes have carried Garmin nav/coms, this is the first all-Garmin panel for Cirrus. AOPA Pilot Editor in Chief Tom Haines got an early look last week at the Perspective panel during a visit to the Cirrus plant in Duluth, Minn. See his blog entry.
Aircraft and Avionics,
Pilot Safety and Skills
Your mission: Fly with eight F-15s to the Philippines, rejoin, refuel with air tankers, engage an unknown number of Red Air fighters, refuel again, and then return home to Okinawa. And fly with radio silence up to the first contact with the Red Air fighters.
The Aviation Safety Reporting System is a voluntary safety reporting program that allows airmen to make anonymous reports to the government about issues encountered in aviation, with anonymity allowing the airman to be candid–even when their actions may have been a violation of the regulations.
A small team of specialists at NASA’s Langley Research Center has taken to the skies in a Falcon jet hunting bugs.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.