Cirrus SR22 Review

Cirrus SR22 Review

A comfortable and swift ride for the short-haul.

Corporate and air-taxi operators have changed their outlook somewhat during the past decade. Twin-engined aircraft used to be the norm for executive travel for these businesses, but with the advent of more reliable and safer single engine aircraft, the trend has gone toward products like the Cirrus SR22.

The SR22 has equal speed and payload carrying capacity with light twin engine aircraft and it has the advantage of less than half of the twin’s fuel costs while providing a comfortable ride for the passengers and providing the best in high-tech avionics and aircraft systems to the pilots.

The Company

Cirrus aircraft have been innovative since they introduced their first model; the VK-30 was introduced by Alan and Dale Klapmeier, in 1988. The first aircraft models offered by the company were kits and plans for the build-it-yourself pilot crowd. Factory produced aircraft soon followed and the newest aircraft manufacturer was soon on its way to success.

The company really got its start as an aircraft manufacturer in the year 2000 when it introduced the SR20 (single reciprocating) model. Cirrus aircraft has always been identified by the fact that each carries ballistic recovery systems (BRS) for a parachute save of the aircraft and its occupants should an emergency occur.

Later models of Cirrus aircraft came with additional safety equipment, including airbags and a single-button upset recovery button. Cirrus is also well known for the high quality of its all-electric instrumentation and navigation systems and its distinctive side-stick controllers for the pilots.

Air conditioning, leather seats and the availability of XM music for passengers make the cabin of Cirrus aircraft a comfortable place to ride in and get some work done while traveling.

The Cirrus SR22 Review

The SR22 has become the single-engine work horse of many air taxi and corporate flight departments. With a top cruising speed of 183 knots, this aircraft operates at the same speeds and altitudes of multi-engine aircraft.

The CAPS, or Cirrus Airframe Parachute System, has added to customer and pilot peace of mind when the SR22 is operated at night or in weather. Upsets and engine failures that could have led to disasters have been avoided by use of the ballistic parachute onboard the aircraft. Cirrus was the first manufacturer to receive FAA certification for production aircraft with ballistic parachute systems.

Different thinking has gone into every facet of the SR22’s design. For example, flight instruments traditionally powered by vacuum pumps are all electrically powered in the SR22. Two alternators and two batteries are built into the system on this aircraft which gives it the power redundancy of larger twin-engined birds without the cumbersome weight and additional maintenance required for airplanes with complex vacuum systems.

Operators who use their aircraft as a mode of business travel instead of a pleasure barge will appreciate the fact that the SR22 can be equipped with anti-icing equipment that allows for flight into known icing conditions.

The anti-icing system has been installed as an option on Cirrus aircraft for years but has recently been approved by the FAA for flight into known icing. This system is made up of a “weeping wing,” a system of microscopic holes on the leading edge of the wing that anti-icing fluid can be forced though, a de-iced propeller and fluid spray outlets to de-ice the windshield.

Flying the SR22

Cirrus offers a complete pilot training package at its main headquarters in Duluth Minnesota. It offers certification and training in other areas of the country and instructors wanting to teach with Cirrus aircraft are required to go through a rigid certification process themselves.

The Cirrus SR22 is not your average single engine aircraft when it comes to the experience that pilots have while flying it. “Highway in the Sky” technology is now available with the Garmin suite of avionics. This state-of-the-art system gives the pilot a visual picture of his or her route, terrain, other traffic, weather and navigation-aids.

The Garmin system includes a flight director, auto-flight system and options that include an upset recovery button and an automated way for the airplane to descend on its own if it senses low-pulse oxygen in the pilot when flying at levels where supplemental oxygen is necessary for survival.

From a pilot’s point of view, the SR22 is a very pleasant place to work. The engine controls are much simpler than other aircraft – on Cirrus airplanes, engine throttle, prop control and mixture are all combined into one power lever. A computerized engine control system handles many of the chores that pilots had to devote much of their attention to when flying.

The side-stick control yoke is also a different thing for many pilots but after a little flight experience they hardly notice the difference from the more traditional center steering column. The side-stick also has the advantage of freeing up lap space for the pilot to handle paperwork and the lack of a center mounted control yoke gives the pilot and front seat passenger more wriggle room as well as a better view of the instrument panel.

Approaches and landings in the SR22 are straight-forward and easy and maneuvering flight is easy and intuitive for most pilots.

The noise level in the cabin is slightly less than many other single-engined aircraft but passengers really should and normally do wear noise-cancelling headsets. This makes it easy for them to converse with each other or the pilot and allows them to choose and hear music and other entertainment through XM satellite radio.

Cirrus has come up with what can literally be called an “air taxi.” For short to medium trip lengths with a payload of two or three passengers, this aircraft is an excellent and cost effective state-of-the-art choice for passengers and pilot/owners alike.

 

 Cirrus SR22 Specifications

Airframe & Powerplant
• Continental IO-550-N 310 HP Engine
• Black Engine Baffling
• Cirrus Airframe Parachute System™ (CAPS)
• 60/40 FlexSeating™ – Seats up to 5
• Airbag Seatbelts (Front Seats)
• 3-Blade Propeller
• High Performance Brakes
• Tubeless Tires
• Surface Illumination Lights
• Single Movement Power Lever
• Dual Side Yoke
• Standard Interior
• 2 Year Spinner-to-Tail Warranty

Avionics
• Cirrus Perspective™ by Garmin® Cockpit
• Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT™)
• 10’’ Screens
• GMA 350 All-digital Audio Panel
• Keyboard Controller
• Dual WAAS GPS/Comm/Nav Radios
• Engine & Fuel Monitoring
• ADS-B Transponder
• 406 MHz ELT
• FliteCharts® & SafeTaxi® (subscription required)
• Garmin GFC700 Autopilot with Electronic Stability and Protection
• Dual AHRS
• Hypoxia Check & Automated Descent Mode
• Blue Level Button
• Autopilot stall protection
• XM® Weather & Audio (Subscription Required)

 

Specifications

Performance

U.S. STANDARD

METRIC

Takeoff

968 ft

295 m

Takeoff Over 50 ft Obstacle

1756 ft

535 m

Climb Rate

1270 ft/min

6.45 m/sec

Max operating Altitude

17,500 ft

5,334 m

Stall Speed with Flaps

60 KCAS

60 KCAS

Max Cruise Speed

183 KTAS

183 KTAS

Landing Groundroll

1178 ft

359 m

Engine

Manufacturer

Continental

Continental

Model

IO-550-N

IO-550-N

Horsepower

310

310

Dimensions

Wingspan

38 ft 4in

11.68 m

Length

26 ft

7.92 m

Height

8 ft 11 in

2.7 m

Cabin Width

49 in

124 cm

Cabin Height

50 in

127 cm

 

cirrus sr22 specifications

 

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