Cirrus SR22 G6 is favored slightly more than its G5 normally aspirated brethren

After 4-years, the Cirrus SR22 G6 has slightly outsold its G5 normally aspirated predecessor. More than 508 customers have taken delivery of the G6 normally aspirated piston-engine plane which was introduced in 2017. That’s 18 or 4% more buyers than the Cirrus SR22 G5 during its 4-year production run from 2013 – 2016. Both are favored models and it seems the pilot attraction keeps getting stronger with each generation advancement.

Table 1: Comparison of Cirrus SR22 G6 to SR22 G5 Shipments

Year SR22 G6SR22 G5VariancePercent
2020107 -26-20%
Source: GAMA Annual Report Manufacturers’ Aircraft Shipments

Cirrus SR22T G6 is More Popular Than its G5 Predecessor

After 4-years, the Cirrus SR22T G6 has outsold its G5 predecessor. More than 738 customers have taken delivery of the G6 Turbo which was introduced in 2017. That’s 155 or 27% more buyers than the Cirrus SR22T G5 achieved in its 4-year production run from 2013 – 2016. Both are favored turbo models but the pilot attraction keeps getting stronger with each generation advancement. Cirrus Aircraft has the most popular piston-engine turbo ever built.

Table 1: Comparison of Cirrus SR22T Turbo G6 to G5 Shipments

Year SR22T G6SR22T G5VariancePercent
2020184 3523%
Reference: GAMA Cirrus Shipment Statistics 2020 – 2013.

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How many airplanes has Cirrus Aircraft Sold (2020)?

Cirrus Aircraft has been manufacturing the certified Vision Personal Jet since 2016 and the SR series airplanes since 1999.  Total customer shipments were 8,234 at the end of 2020.  Details by the numbers are below.

Table 1: Cirrus Aircraft Shipments by Year

YearSF50 JetSR22 TurboSR22SR20SRVTotal

”Cirrus Aircraft’s first high-performance SR Series airplane – the SR20 – was delivered in 1999 and transformed general aviation with intuitive avionics, game-changing performance and revolutionary safety systems, including the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System® (CAPS®). The SR Series has been the world’s best-selling single-engine piston for 18 years in a row, with a portfolio that includes the SR20, SR22 and the turbocharged SR22T.” 

In 2021, Cirrus launched a limited edition SR series to commemorate the 8,000th customer delivery. The SR Series aircraft have exceeded 11 million flight hours and are flown in more than 60 countries around the world.

Table 1. References: GAMA Annual Reports and Matt Bergwall, 2006-2010 Cirrus Aircraft stats for factory installed Tornado Alley Turbonormalized (TAT) supplemental type certificate installations, which are not identified in GAMA statistics or the FAA registration database.  The FAA records list model SR22 for Cirrus planes with TAT systems.

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The Value of Shared Aircraft Ownership

It’s understood that costs differ by airplane type and with the passage of time, but a good valuation framework facilitates discussions, cost measurements, and process improvements. Our five-year case study on “The Value of Shared Aircraft Ownership” involved a $400,000 high-performance airplane, but the methodology can be applied to most aircraft co-ownerships.  The study also included information gleaned from hundreds of pilot discussions about airplane expenses and co-ownership issues.

Three co-owners each realized $169,000 in value through shared ownership of a high-performance Cirrus Turbo airplane over a five-year period.  The study identified $74,000 in direct expense savings per member compared to single-pilot ownership over five years. The analysis also quantified the value of member-contributed capital for airplane acquisition at $90,000 and goodwill from co-ownership formation at $5,000.

A three-step quantitative method was applied, which included establishing a valuation framework, organizing costs, and calculating values. The valuation framework included four categories: variable costs, fixed costs, acquisition capital, and co-ownership goodwill.

Variable Costs were items which increased or decreased relative to flight hours, such as fuel, oil, magnetos, brakes, tires, and engine.  Fixed Costs included expenses incurred regardless of flight hours. These costs typically expired based on calendar months, for example, hangar, insurance and life-limited items, such as annuals, AmSafe airbags, CAPS, etc.  Acquisition Capital came from member contributed capital.  Goodwill was derived from the formation of a successful co-ownership.

“The Value of Shared Aircraft Ownership,” by Jeffrey S. Brewer was published in Cirrus Pilot Magazine, April 2020. You can receive the “The Value of Shared Aircraft Ownership” 5-year case study for free, which includes information not previously published. Get the free Case Study

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A Clear Solution for Ice Protection

It makes sense that a manufacturer based in Duluth Minnesota wouldn’t just slip up on the idea of ice protection. For almost two decades, Cirrus airplanes have flown with a clear solution for ice.  And, ice protection remains a highly preferred option among pilots of the iconic Cirrus SR22.  From the organization’s beginning, Cirrus Aircraft has focused on safety and innovation.  

The article “A Clear Solution for Ice Protection” by Jeffrey S. Brewer was published in the Special Safety Issue of Cirrus Pilot Magazine, April 2018. An electronic copy of the magazine, with the original article, is available through Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association.

Cirrus SR22 Known-Ice Protection (FIKI)

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Cirrus Aircraft Pricing 2021

Cirrus has published their airplane pricing for 2021.

Table 1: Cirrus Aircraft Pricing 2021

Base Price       779,000       679,900       494,900 
Add: GTS SR22 or Premium SR20       150,900       150,000       100,000 
Add: Ice Protection         30,000         30,000 n/a
Add: Air Conditioning         29,900         29,900         29,900 
Add: Global Connect         15,900         15,900         15,900 
Add: Hartzell 3-Blade Lightweight Composite PropIncl.        12,900         12,900 
Add: Built-In Oxygen SystemIncl.        10,900 n/a
Add: Tanis Avionics & Engine Pre-heater           2,490           2,490           2,490 
Add: 3-Day Transition Training Package           2,900           2,900           2,900 
Total    $1,011,090       $934,890       $658,990 
Cirrus Aircraft Pricing 2021

GA Market Trends in Preowned Aircraft

In January 2021, the available supply of preowned airplanes listed for sale reached significant lows. For example, among high-performance airplanes, there were a total of 96 Cirrus SR22’s listed for sale which included 15 planes located outside the United States. And, only 85 Bonanzas were listed for sale which included 8 planes located outside the United States. Similar supply lows to total aircraft manufactured were reached in preowned sales listings for Cessnas and Pipers.

A supply to demand balanced ratio of preowned listings is said to be 3% of the manufactured models that were shipped. The preowned listings for some Cirrus and Bonanza models are below 1%.

Table 1: Preowned Cirrus Aircraft Listed for Sale

Preowned Cirrus Aircraft Sales Listings, January 2021
Preowned Cirrus Aircraft Sales Listings, January 2021

Table 2: Preowned Bonanza Airplanes Listed for Sale

Preowned Bonanza Sales Listings, January 2021
Preowned Bonanza Sales Listings, January 2021

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Cirrus Aircraft Outsells the Competition – 2019

In 2019, Cirrus Aircraft delivered 375 piston-engine planes. Cirrus by design, has successfully resegmented the piston-engine market and has distinguished their planes from the competition. 

The Cirrus SR series wins 2:1 over Piper Archer and Arrow, about 2:1 over Cessna Skyhawk, Skylane & Stationair, 3:1 over Diamond DA40 and 47:1 over Bonanza G36 deliveries. A summarization of the annual GAMA report shows Cirrus won 41% of the traditional “four-seat” (4-adult) piston airplane customer shipments. See “Who is the GA Market Share Leader 2019

The Cirrus “SR-series of high-performance piston airplanes are the best-selling aircraft in the world for [17] consecutive years – with over 7,800 aircraft operating in over 60 countries.”

References: General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) Annual Shipment Report 2019. Cirrus Aircraft marketing website.

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It is alive! Cirrus Turbo Comes of Age

The desire for turbocharged power has carried Cirrus Aircraft over another milestone – Cirrus has more turbo deliveries than all other aircraft manufacturers combined (since 2007).  In 2019, Cirrus sold 200 SR22T Turbo planes and surpassed 2,134 turbo deliveries.  

Currently, there are only four companies manufacturing competing piston single-engine turbos.  The Cirrus SR22T Turbo outsells the Piper M350 about 10:1, Cessna Turbo Stationair ~5:1, Mooney Acclaim ~29:1.

Cirrus SR22T Turbo climbs like a beast and is designed to run cooler than predecessor turbos. It’s the best selling turbo piston airplane by more than a mile.


  Cirrus Piper Cessna Mooney Columbia    
Year SR22 Turbo *P46 M350 T206 M20TN Cessna TTx Other Total
2019             200              21        37           7                –        –       265
2018             180              20        32           3                 1      –       236
2017             174                9        40           3               23      –       249
2016             149              26        36           6               31      –       248
2015             142              36        51          –                 44      –       273
2014             160              48        43           1               22      –       274
2013             132              58        37          –                 21      –       248
2012               88              61        40          –                  –        –       189
2011             102              50        53          –                   1      –       206
2010             107              49        42           2                 7      –       207
2009             150              40        46         15               41      –       292
2008             250            122        95         44             110     12     633
2007             300              30      111         58             119     39     657
Total          2,134            570      663       139             420     51  3,977

Notes: Stats per GAMA year-end shipment reports.  SR22TN Tornado Alley TurboNormalized STC shipment stats provided by Cirrus Aircraft, Matt Bergwall. Piper P46 includes turbo Matrix, Malibu & M350 historic shipments. Cessna TTx and Columbia turbo historic shipments are combined. 

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Cirrus Perspective+. A Game Changer.

“Years of thoughtful design have led [Cirrus] to this point. A point where the flight deck thinks as fast as you do. A point where information to make decisions is rapidly available at your fingertips. A point where seamless integration between technology and the aircraft is realized. A point where the best selling high-performance piston line of aircraft from Cirrus raises the bar yet again on what it means to have the smartest, safest avionics available.”

“Unrivaled integration. Intuitive connectivity. Uncompromising safety. That’s Cirrus Perspective+. Exclusively available in the Cirrus Aircraft SR Series.

Reference: Cirrus Aircraft Corporation, The Cirrus Perspective+™ by Garmin, marketing brochure, p.30, 2017.