Published in Midwest Flyer – February/March 2017 issue
DULUTH & KNOXVILLE – Cirrus Aircraft has announced the launch of the all-new 2017 G6 – the smartest, safest and most advanced models ever of the best selling SR22T, SR22 and SR20 piston airplanes. The benchmark for high-performance, single-engine aircraft has been uniquely raised once again by Cirrus to include the just unveiled, ultra-high speed Cirrus Perspective+™ by Garmin® flight deck, luxury automotive-inspired Cirrus Spectra™ wingtip lighting, premium cockpit connectivity solutions and more. This sixth generation Cirrus is available for order immediately and customer deliveries are underway.
“The word ‘comprehensive’ best describes the depth and breadth of all the improvements in G6 as the completely redesigned and fully-integrated user interface and lightning-quick speed of the brand new Cirrus Perspective+ flight deck is noticeable from the moment you power up,” said Todd Simmons, President, Customer Experience.
Inspired by Garmin’s latest G1000 NXi integrated platform, Perspective+ takes features Cirrus pilots have come to love and makes them even better. Ten (10x) times faster processing speed than prior Cirrus Perspective® avionics gives pilots enhanced performance and safety capabilities found in advanced turbine flight decks, such as animated datalink weather, SurfaceWatch™ safety protection, payload management, visual approach capabilities, wireless database uploads and more. The all-new keypad controller sports a Cirrus-first QWERTY interface, allowing you to make a seamless transition from your smartphone, tablet or laptop to your personal aircraft. And to make navigating the avionics and flight deck interface even easier, Perspective+ has an all-new HOME key – instantly bringing you back to your main navigating functions with the touch of just one button. The new autopilot controller, which features the iconic Blue Level Button first brought to market by Cirrus, ties the piston and jet product lines together from the optional automatic Yaw Damper functionality to the same controller used on the revolutionary Vision Jet.
Cirrus Spectra™ Wingtips
Working with Whelen Engineering, Cirrus Aircraft developed the Cirrus Spectra wingtip. Incorporating ultra high-performance LEDs behind one continuous lens, the dual-strobe Spectra wingtips combine power, style, and intelligence resulting in the brightest, most visible lighting solution ever offered by Cirrus. Brightness has increased two-fold for better visibility on landings, and automotive-style wingtip halo lighting automatically operates within 300 feet of the surface and on the ground.
All New G6 SR20
The global standard in technologically advanced, affordable high-performance piston training aircraft is all-new for 2017 as well. In addition to the Cirrus Perspective+ flight deck, the SR20 now comes equipped with a modernized Lycoming IO-390, 215HP powerplant. This four-cylinder G6 SR20 creates a step change in the ownership experience as it increases power while, through a collection of additional enhancements, also increases useful load by up to 150lbs (68kg).
A Record Year
The launch of G6 continues a record year of enterprise growth at Cirrus Aircraft. In June 2016, Cirrus opened a new Factory Service Center at the McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville, Tenn. – the home of the new Vision Center campus. In October 2016, Cirrus certified the world’s first single-engine personal jet – the Vision Jet – and began customer deliveries of the category-defining jet shortly after in December. Cirrus also expanded its manufacturing footprint in December by opening a new 68,000 sq. ft. finishing facility in Duluth to accelerate Vision Jet production.
Learn more at cirrusaircraft.com/G6