DULUTH, Minn. — Cirrus Aircraft has introduced the company’s model year 2014 SR-Series airplane lineup.
“The most immediately recognizable new feature for 2014 is that we have brought luxury automobile LED lighting technology to the airplane, a first in our segment. Cirrus Integrated LED Technology increases functional performance while enhancing aesthetic appeal for Cirrus customers,” states Todd Simmons, executive vice president, sales, marketing & customer support. “Of course the new level of clarity and brightness is remarkable, but you just can’t help but be taken by how cool our new LED package looks!”
- Ground illumination for night pre-flight walk-arounds
- Tail surface illumination
- Anti-Collision lights
- Navigational position lights
- Landing light assistance
- ‘Halo’ accent lighting
Additionally, the flush-mount installation not only reduces drag, but also adds LED reliability and brightness, according to company officials. These lights can be activated using a key fob or with switches from inside the cockpit.
Also new for 2014 are re-imagined Carbon and Platinum Appearance packages.
Inspired by the style of the most legendary sports cars, the Carbon Appearance package utilizes a new palette of accent colors. Interior details such as jet black vents, carbon fiber instrument panel lobes and two-tone leather bolster seats complete the new look.
Fluid lines and a collection of earthy exterior colors highlight the new 2014 Platinum Appearance premium upgrade, according to Cirrus officials. Nickel vents and solid color leather bolster seats provide the finishing touches, officials note.
The 2014 Cirrus aircraft line-up features a new high-performance Beringer brake system that reduces weight and enhances performance and safety. Called Beringer Aero design, these brakes provide the same stopping power but with less mass and is achieved with a smaller rotor that performs at a cooler overall operating temperature. They also allow the use of tubeless tires to provide a higher level of reliability when compared to traditional tube tires, reducing the risk of leaks and failures, company officials said.
Generation 5 is the name given to the airframe change required to achieve the 200-pound increase in useful load first introduced in 2013. 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). Testing, including a new series of parachute test drops, was conducted for validation.
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.
Model Year 2014 SR-Series aircraft are available for pre-order today with next deliveries available in the first quarter of 2014.