March 31, 2009
By Dave Hirschman
Cirrus Aircraft has selected Garmin and its G1000-based Perspective integrated avionics suite for the single-engine, V-tail SF50 Vision jet that Cirrus is developing.
The test aircraft, which had been using an L-3 SmartDeck avionics suite, will be fitted with the Garmin panel in April. The jet flew for the first time in July and is currently in flight tests. Garmin panels have proved exceptionally popular among Cirrus SR20 and SR22 owners, and company officials say virtually 100 percent of their new aircraft are using Garmin avionics.
“Avionics are the key component of the pilot-aircraft interface,” said Cirrus CEO Brent Wouters. Cirrus and Garmin are both recognized as leaders in their respective fields and share a common vision to bring innovative technologies and continuous product improvement into the general aviation cockpit.
Gary Kelley, Garmin’s vice president for marketing, said the company’s integrated avionics are designed to “simplify flying and exceed pilots’ expectations for ease of use and reliability.”
The SF50 has logged more than 140 flight test hours.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Dave Hirschman joined AOPA in 2008. He has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates. Dave flies vintage, historical, and Experimental airplanes and specializes in tailwheel and aerobatic instruction.
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