Jeff is an entrepreneur, pilot and aviation writer. He's the Founder of wikiWings.
He’s enjoyed flying for over 20 years and has more than 1,700 hours of flight time in piston engine aircraft; including 500 hours in the Turbo Cirrus SR22TN-G3 Perspective, Cessna 152, 172, 182; Piper Warrior, Archer, Arrow and Aztec.
He has been a member of Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association since 1992 and a member in several aviation type clubs.
The author’s current home base is Houston, Texas.
“A 17-year tradition continues in New Orleans, LA, with hundreds of Cirrus aircraft arriving to attend the annual COPA meeting, trade show, educational seminars, and social events.” It’s called COPA Migration 17 (M17).
The Hilton New Orleans Riverside will serve as the M17 base of ops for meetings, including trade show and seminars. On Friday morning, COPA will hold its annual meeting and safety stand down. There will be an M17 social banquet on Saturday night.
The annual COPA Migrations host the largest gathering of COPA members each year. If you’re interested in Cirrus airplanes you should plan on attending. Early registration begins soon.
Here are a few of the benefits to joining Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association (COPA). Many pilots become members before purchasing a Cirrus Aircraft.
With a membership, you’ll receive a subscription to the Cirrus Pilot Magazine and the annual safety edition.
Do you have a question about Cirrus airplanes? Odds are it’s already been answered. If not, join into the conversation and ask a question. You’ll have access to an expansive list of COPA Forum topics online.
Interested in flight safety? You’ll have access to Cirrus Aircraft Safety Information. You can review the specific history of 83 Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS) saves, Cirrus accident rates, Cirrus Pilot Proficiency Program (CPPP) and more.
Membership gives you easy reference to local, regional and national Cirrus Seminars, Social Events, and Aviation Discounts.
On January 8, 2019, from Duluth MN and in Knoxville TN, Cirrus Aircraft announced the next generation Vision Jet with bigger headlines – Higher, Faster and Farther.
Woe to the pilot naysayers that said, Cirrus would never get a single engine jet certified. But in 2016, the Vision Jet did receive FAA certification. Then for years, we’ve heard skeptics claim operating altitude would always be limited below 29,000 feet because Cirrus didn’t have Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) capability and other necessities for flight into higher altitudes. Wrong.
Higher, Faster and Farther
Cirrus has received certification for an expanded flight envelope to Flight Level 310 (31,000 feet), which raises the performance capabilities of the Vision Jet. Access to RVSM increases the Jet’s range to more than 1,200 nautical miles. Second, the Generation 2 added the flexibility to carry an additional 150 pounds, which significantly improves upon its typical 800 NM missions. And third, the G2 Jet pushes cruise speed even further above 300 knots. Cirrus worked with Williams International to slightly increase the FJ33-5A engine thrust.
The ability to carry more came from a decrease in airframe weight. Most of the pickup came from replacing the heavy dual lead acid batteries with lighter True Blue Power lithium ion batteries, which also deliver improved cold start capabilities.
The Generation 2 Vision Jet has advanced avionics typically only found on high-end business jets and commercial transport aircraft. The G2 jet has Perspective Touch+ by Garmin advanced flight deck, which includes new hardware, faster processing speeds and even better screen resolution. The jet was already equipped with FADEC but Autothrottle is now available. Cirrus says, “this game-changing technology integrates with the autopilot and can automatically adjust the aircraft’s speed for each phase of flight, reducing workload and giving the pilot more time to focus on other tasks.”
The Vision flight deck includes 3D synthetic vision, SurfaceWatch, integrated crew alerts, datalink weather, active weather radar, ADS-B, satellite communications, system synoptics and more.
Cabin Experience is First Class
Cirrus has stepped up the personal travel experience with a focus on comfort and productivity. The improvements add to the spaciousness and panoramic views that are already a hallmark of the Vision Jet design.
New executive seating adds “two luxurious, artisan-crafted second row seats and an all-new center console with stow-away tables for a more productive in-flight experience. Each cabin seat is modular and can be quickly repositioned or removed by the pilot offering the flexibility of more than 25 possible seating configurations. Passengers have access to USB and 110V power outlets. An expansive flush mounted overhead monitor can be extended down to deliver best-in-class display or entertainment from your favorite device.
The Generation 2 Personal Jet has windows with UV and IR protection. The UV window protection installation started around serial number twenty (20). It’s a safety feature GA pilots and passengers should have had years ago. UV light is known to damage collagen fibers, destroys vitamin A in skin and can accelerate the aging process of skin. The new windows also keep interior temperatures more comfortable.
You can also find the UV window protection on the Cirrus G6 piston-engine airplanes. Look for a slight oil sheen appearance to the windows – that’s the UV protection.
Newly-developed noise reduction architecture further enhances the passenger environment. The G2 jet cabin is about 10 decibels quieter. Cirrus Aircraft understands the continuous spark and the grind of creativity.
Pat Waddick, president, Innovation & Operations, said,
“Much like the last twenty years of re-imagining the SR Series with constant improvements to performance, safety and comfort, the G2 Vision Jet is the culmination of that same spirit of innovation . . . .”
Everyone expects no less from the Cirrus Aircraft Team going forward, except the naysayers.
The Generation 2 Vision Jet deliveries began in January 2019 (after serial number 94). The G2 planes start at $2.38 million with a fully loaded model ramping out at $2.75 million.
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“Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds, –
And done a hundred things You have not dreamed of —
Wheeled and soared and swung high in the sunlit silence.
Hovering there, I’ve chased the shouting wind along,
And flung my eager craft through footless halls of air . . .
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.
Where never lark, or even eagle flew;
And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and [sought] the face of God.”
In memory of the author: John Gillespie Magee, Jr. (b. June 9, 1922 – d. December 11, 1941); an American aviator with RCAF and son of Christian Missionaries.
I trust your flying in 2018 was memorable and I hope all your dreams of flight become reality in The New Year. Merry Christmas and Shalom.
References: Isa 58:14; PS 19:1; Ex 33:18-23; 2 Chr 7:14
In 2017, Cirrus began shipping the Generation 6 SR22T turbo airplane. We looked at preowned asking prices and here’s what we found. Eight G6 turbo planes for sale in the United States. All had air-conditioning.
Preowned asking prices for the SR22T G6 ranged from $835,000 – 880,000 with 540 or less total time on airframe.
In 2017, Cirrus began shipping the Generation 6 SR22 airplane. We looked at preowned asking prices and here’s what we found. Seven planes for sale but only five in the United States. All had air-conditioning.
Preowned asking prices for the SR22NA G6 ranged from $750,000 – 839,000.
In 2018, if you have not visited an aviation museum schedule a trip. Chose a local or cross country destination spot. In Houston, it might be the Lone Star Flight Museum located at the corner of Aerospace Avenue and Challenger at Ellington Airport. Select a destination and take family and friends.
It’s Thanksgiving week. A time to stop and be still. A time to reflect.
With gladness, our founding fathers acknowledged the benefits and mercies which God bestowed upon them. Let us not neglect praise to Him for our many good provisions. The ordinary and extraordinary – such as, General Aviation. Our opportunity to ride modern chariots in God’s magnificent heavens! And, to share that experience with family, friends and the next generation.
Hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving with family and friends (Ps 100:1-5; Ro 6:23).
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