Cirrus Aircraft is here exhibiting its SR22 piston single on the static display in a bid to persuade business aircraft owners that “there is always a good reason to have another plane,” as Jan-Peter Fisher, a Cirrus representative in Germany, put it. For example, the SR22 can land at small airfields that cannot accommodate a business jet. The five-seater is “about the fun of flying,” Fisher went on, not forgetting to mention the high cruise speed for the category: 200 knots.
The SR22 may not be very far from the business aviation segment, as lightweight satellite communications are available for the Cirrus models. In addition, the Garmin avionics suite is similar to those found in jets such as the Embraer Phenom 100. Safety features include a ballistic recovery system–a parachute–and flight-into-known-icing approval, as well as the safety pilot the manufacturer can provide under its Cirrus-on-Demand program.
Depending on options, SR22 prices range from $370,000 to $850,000.