January 17, 2013
By Dan Namowitz
Cirrus Aircraft rolled out a fifth generation of the SR22 and SR22T single-engine aircraft featuring a 200-pound payload increase, more ice protection, and enhanced avionics and communications integration.
Cirrus unveiled its 2013 aircraft in a splashy video announcement that aligned the company’s innovative achievements with the pioneering likes of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Steve Jobs, and declared that “two hundred pounds is true utility in this airplane.”
To take to the ramp with a certified gross weight of 3,600 pounds, up from 3,400 pounds, the 2013 SR22 underwent a spinner-to-tail design analysis with many parts and systems re-engineered, the company said in a news release.
It was also necessary to bring redesign to bear on the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System, enlarging it to provide a bigger canopy size and modify the system’s rocket extraction and ignition technology.
Cirrus pointed to innovations in glycol icing protection, an integrated Cirrus Perspective by Garmin avionics suite, and a cabin design with 60/40 “FlexSeating” that accommodates three back-seaters. But it was clear that the company held the brightest spotlight on the new aircraft’s greater payload as the crowning achievement of the SR22’s fifth editions, and as a successful response to its customers’ most oft-requested modernization.
With four FAA-standard occupants, the aircraft can carry full fuel; with five FAA-standard people aboard, the aircraft can travel more than 700 miles nonstop, Cirrus said, making the new models an airplane worthy of being known as airplanes “without the compromise.”
Deliveries of the 2013 aircraft are under way, Cirrus said.
Dan Namowitz is an aviation writer and flight instructor. He has been a pilot since 1985 and an instructor since 1990.
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