Introduction Cirrus SR22 Generation Three (G3)

The SR22-G3 Generation Three debuted in the spring of 2007. The plane’s appearance on the ramp was visibly different. It stood taller. And, according to Cirrus, there are more than 700-plus design changes to the Generation Three airframe and systems inside.

Robert Goyer, editor of Flying Magazine, has flown hundreds of hours in Cirrus G1 and G2 aircraft but he says, “In terms of handling . . . they never felt great until [the G3]. The new G3 handles beautifully.” “The G3 simply flies better than the G2.” Continue reading “Introduction Cirrus SR22 Generation Three (G3)”

Aviators gathering to launch and lunch – flying fun

Aviators enjoying fellowship and lunch, Houston, Texas
Aviators enjoying fellowship and lunch, Houston, Texas

Almost every Saturday in West Houston, pilots gather to talk about flying over coffee and breakfast. By noon the group launches on a local flight and then land at a nearby restaurant of choice for lunch. During a recent weekend more than a dozen aviators got together. We enjoy the fellowship and food.

The last few outings included Torchy’s Tacos in Houston and Irie’s Island Food on Mustang Beach.

You’re welcome to join us if you’re in the West Houston area.

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How many Cessna 400, Corvalis, Cessna TTx airplanes shipped?

Cessna TTx
Cessna TTx

After the purchase of Columbia Aircraft company in 2007, Cessna sold a total of 323 advance high performance composite aircraft. The planes had a number of names during that time: Cessna 400, Corvalis TTx, Cessna TTX, Cessna TTx, and Cessna 350, Corvalis 350.

Only 23 planes were shipped in 2017. Slow sales stalled out cash flow.

This year, Textron confirmed production termination of the Cessna TTx turbo. The stoppage occurred after a decade long run up attempt. The normally aspirated Cessna 350 ceased production in 2013.

The dominate competitor, Cirrus Aircraft out sold Cessna’s shipments of the Columbia designed high performance composite by 12 to 1. Continue reading “How many Cessna 400, Corvalis, Cessna TTx airplanes shipped?”

A hail storm of mismanagement downs a good airplane

Cessna 400, Corvalis TTx, Cessna TTx
In flight Cessna 400, Corvalis TTx, Cessna TTx

Textron has confirmed production termination of the Cessna TTx. The stoppage occurred after a decade long run up attempt. Only 23 planes were shipped in 2017. Slow sales stalled out cash flow.

The beginning of the end struck in 2006, when a hail storm damaged 60 airplanes on the factory ramp in Bend Oregon. The weather related impairment sealed Columbia Aircraft’s departure – they filed for bankruptcy. Why were so many planes awaiting customer delivery?

Cessna purchased the design in 2007. Continue reading “A hail storm of mismanagement downs a good airplane”

How many Vision SF50 jets has Cirrus Aircraft shipped?

2018 Cirrus Vision SF50 Personal Jet, photo credit wikiWings
2018 Cirrus Vision SF50 Personal Jet, photo credit wikiWings

How many Vision SF50 jets has Cirrus Aircraft shipped?

In 2017, they shipped 22 Vision SF50 jets.  In 2016, Cirrus delivered just 3 jets. The Vision SF50 was not certified for customer deliveries until October 2016. Continue reading “How many Vision SF50 jets has Cirrus Aircraft shipped?”

Cirrus SR22-G2 non-GTS, That was then, This is now

Cirrus produced about 1,661 SR22-G2 airplanes between 2004 and spring 2007 (serial numbers 22-0821 to 22-2437). The acronym GTS was introduced by Cirrus to designate a “fully option loaded” airplane, and sold for about $100,000 more than the base model. But that was then and this is now. Continue reading “Cirrus SR22-G2 non-GTS, That was then, This is now”

Soar we now . . . 2018

Clouds rising. Tribute to Soar we now, Charles Wesley, 1739
Clouds rising. Tribute to “Soar we now . . . . ” Charles Wesley, 1739

It’s Good Friday.  I hope you can take some time off, rest this weekend, and indeed say  “Christ the Lord is Risen Today,”  As Charles Wesley wrote, circa 1739 –

Soar we now where Christ has led;
Following our exalted Head;
Made like him, like him we rise;
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies. Alleluia!

1 Cor. 15:1-8; & 12-28; 1 Tim 1:17

Cirrus SR22-G2 GTS, That was then, This is now

In January 2008, Tim Gieseler published a popular article in Cirrus Pilot Magazine, “SR20/SR22 Model History 1999-2007.” One reference point of information in the article is a summary of original factory prices for the Cirrus SR22 and pre-owned market prices at that time. But that was then and this is now: Continue reading “Cirrus SR22-G2 GTS, That was then, This is now”

What are the asking prices for pre-owned SR22-G2 non-GTS airplanes?

In early 2018, Controller listed forty-eight SR22-G2 non-GTS airplanes. The acronym GTS was introduced by Cirrus to designate a “fully loaded” airplane. But many owners have added upgrades to their second generation non-GTS planes. So, you’ll need to research and compare equipment listings.

The asking prices for non-GTS models with air conditioning ranged from $199,900 – $249,500. Prices for non-GTS models without air conditioning ranged from $199,000 – $279,000. The tables in the appendix below list more detail including total time on airframe (TTAF). Continue reading “What are the asking prices for pre-owned SR22-G2 non-GTS airplanes?”