Cirrus introduces Generation 5

Cirrus Aircraft has introduced its new SR-Series aircraft lineup for 2013, which is dominated by an increase in load carrying capability for the SR22 and SR22T.

Increasing the certified gross weight to 3,600 lbs. for both SR22 and SR22T, this new utility and flexibility allows an extra person, substantial extra baggage or cargo all while carrying more fuel in both of these five-seat aircraft, according to company officials.

“Innovation is the unique hallmark that make Cirrus aircraft safer, easier to fly, higher performing and more versatile year after year. Given that record of design achievement, the number one request we receive from Cirrus owners and prospects is increased load carrying capability. Today we are very excited to announce our fifth generation airplane, the 2013 Cirrus SR22 and SR22T, and deliver even more mission flexibility in the most preferred airplane in general aviation” noted Todd Simmons, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Cirrus Aircraft.

Generation 5 is the name given to the airframe change required to achieve the step-change improvement for the 2013 SR22/SR22T. The entire aircraft design was analyzed from spinner-to-tail and many parts and systems reengineered and redesigned to accommodate the increased airframe load, aerodynamic improvements, improved flight performance and the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS), according to company officials.

Substantial testing, including a new series of CAPS parachute test drops, was conducted for validation. Significant changes for 2013 have been made to the CAPS system, including an increased canopy size, a new rocket extraction system that propels the parachute upon activation, an advanced technology electrical rocket igniter and lighter and stronger construction materials. Other airframe upgrades included strengthening the carbon fiber, single part wing spar, the landing gear and a new flap system allowing extension to the first position at 150 knots, company officials explained.

For 2013 Cirrus customers can also expect the new Generation 5 Vision Inspired Special Edition SR22T. This Special Edition aircraft was  inspired by the upcoming Cirrus Vision SF50 Personal Jet and modern automotive styling, company officials said.

Deliveries of the 2013 aircraft are already underway.

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