On May 6, 2017, the second Cirrus Austin Texas Get Together (CATGT) occurred at Austin Executive Airport (KEDC). People arrived by both car and plane. Once again, music lightened the air and aircraft were on display in the large Hendrix Jet Center hangar next to the FBO. Several new G6 and G5 SR22’s were there along with the new Cirrus Jet. Rudy’s catered a great barbecue food feast. More than 120 Cirrus enthusiasts came together for an evening of music, food, fellowship and learning.
It was another example of the “Cirrus Life.” A journey with memorable moments and people carried along in personal stories about flying. It’s also about how today’s general aviation is transforming life among business, family and friends.
The 2017 Cirrus Vision SF50 Personal Jet was front and center. It was my first time to see the jet in person. The ramp stature of the aircraft is impressive. It has a higher stance and larger presence than the Eclipse Jet. And, the “V” quad tail is a striking style statement. Inside is a first class interior with a state-of-the-art avionics flight deck – called Cirrus Perspective Touch™ by Garmin.
Several Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilots (CSIP’S) were in attendance. It gave pilots an opportunity to ask questions about Cirrus Aircraft and discuss flying. Ed McCombs and Eric Opiela presented a safety briefing “Children of the Magenta.” Both Jack Long and Josh Marvil presented an overview of their flight around the world in a standard production Pilatus PC-12 single-engine turboprop. Carroll LeBoeuf, Cirrus south central sales representative was there and gave a great door prize away after dinner (aviator watch).
The weather was perfect. Clear skies and a good breeze topped off the evening. And, the moon lighted the night for departing flights home. Many thanks again to Ed McCombs and his friends for organizing this event.
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