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.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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