Cirrus’ SR22 single engine aircraft has been the world’s best-selling four-seat plane for a decade now, and this year it became even more alluring than before. Upgraded to a four-plus-one seating configuration the aircraft cannot transport five adults, but it can hold four adults and one child. This is an ideal airplane for a family, with the parents seated up front and the kids safely placed on the rear seats. Children safety is ensured by the LATCH child restraint system, which is also useful when transporting pets.
The 2012 Cirrus SR22 also flaunts a long and impressive list of technologies than ensure a safe and enjoyable flight. These include the Perspective Global Connect avionics upgrade that provides access to the Iridium satellite network for satellite phone, email and text capabilities, and worldwide weather information. Other important features include the new air conditioning system, the Enhanced Vision System (EVS), the Electronic Stability and Protection (ESP), and the very important Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS).
All these systems and more can be easily managed and controlled via a touchscreen control panel (the regular panel is also present), making flying an even more enjoyable experience. The new and updated aircraft has received a lot of praise from Flying Magazine, who even described the airplane as the most sophisticated single-engine civilian airplane ever built.
Dale Klapmeier, the CEO of Cirrus Aircraft commented on this by saying “This latest validation of our efforts by one of the leading authorities in general aviation is a source of pride that builds even more momentum as we head into what is traditionally the busy time of the year for flying”.