We joined Cirrus Aircraft enthusiasts in Austin Texas – May 2017

Cirrus Austin Texas Get Together May 2017, photo credit wikiWings
Cirrus Austin Texas Get Together May 2017, photo credit wikiWings

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. Continue reading “We joined Cirrus Aircraft enthusiasts in Austin Texas – May 2017”

What’s standard equipment on the 2017 Cirrus Vision Jet?

2017 Cirrus Vision SF50 Personal Jet, photo credit wikiWings
2017 Cirrus Vision SF50 Personal Jet, photo credit wikiWings

The Cirrus Vision SF50 Personal Jet is so new there’s some confusion about standard equipment on the base model.  It’s mostly from hangar talk among piston pilots like myself. Some pilots are saying you just get an engine, wings and wheels. Then you pay-up to equip the Jet.

I got a copy of the 2017 sales brochure to answer the question and found the Cirrus Personal Jet comes well equipped.

Here’s the summary: Continue reading “What’s standard equipment on the 2017 Cirrus Vision Jet?”

Have you seen the Cirrus Vision Jet flight deck?

Piloting the SR22TN Cirrus Perspective by Garmin at 12,000 feet, photo credit wikiWings
Piloting the SR22TN Cirrus Perspective by Garmin at 12,000 feet, photo credit wikiWings

The new Vision Jet flight deck called Cirrus Perspective Touch by Garmin is impressive.  It’s leading technology that sets the standard for the Personal Jet category. The reality is – most existing turboprops and jets aren’t even close to this level of avionics. The avionics are based on Garmin’s G3000 system, and Cirrus says, Perspective Touch “is more integrated and capable than traditional off-the-shelf products.” It is Cirrus and Garmin at their best in yet another collaborative design project that may just be the class leader for years to come.

Remember, in 2008 it was the same innovative cross-organizational teamwork that first released Cirrus Perspective by Garmin in SR22 airplanes – almost a decade ago.  A continuing great success.

Try to find a 2008 pre-owned Cirrus Perspective SR22 on the market today.  You might see one or none of the 2008 normally aspirated planes and three or four Turbos.  The 2008 Perspective pre-own supply slack is just gone.  It’s the model year aviators seek for the first Perspective flight decks on Cirrus SR22’s. Pilot demand is strong.   Continue reading “Have you seen the Cirrus Vision Jet flight deck?”

A Cirrus SR22 pilot shares his transition into the Cirrus Vision Jet

The Vision SF50 Personal Jet by Cirrus Aircraft
The Vision SF50 Personal Jet by Cirrus Aircraft, photo credit wikiWings

Brad Pierce is a Cirrus SR22 pilot and a early position holder in the Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet (position # 75).  He took a demo flight in the new jet and wrote a good article about the experience.

He blogs at Brad in Motion.  To read the entire article click here:  http://www.bradinmotion.com/2017/03/19/flying-the-cirrus-aircraft-vision-jet-sf50/

 

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Soar we now . . .

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 say indeed  “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

The Cirrus Vision SF50 Jet was seen in Addison Texas

Cirrus SF50 Jet, Addison, TX photo credit wikiWings
Cirrus Vision SF50 Jet, Addison, TX credit wikiWings

A fellow pilot spotted the Cirrus Vision SF50 Jet on the ramp in Addison Texas.  I’m looking forward to this being a more common site.

On Saturday May 6, 2017 from 5:30pm until 9pm, the new Cirrus SR22-G6 airplanes will be on display in Austin TX at Executive Airport (KEDC). And, rumor has it the Cirrus SF50 Jet will be on site also.  It’s the spring Cirrus Austin Texas Get Together (CATGT). You should sign up now and plan on attending this fun event. There will be food and several speakers. Contact Ed McCombs through COPA for reservations.

Last October more than 90 aviation enthusiasts came together at CATGT.

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You can save $38K on fixed expenses in a shared airplane ownership

Over the past several months, we’ve reviewed “fixed expenses” associated with airplane ownership and have organized them into three groups: Yearly Fixed; Life Limited Components; and Other Fixed Costs.  You can review detailed information about each of these by clicking the links below.

  1. Yearly fixed cost
  2. Life Limited Components
  3. Other fixed cost

This article summarizes Yearly Expenses, Life Limited Components and Other Fixed Costs incurred for operating a Cirrus SR22 over a 3-year period and for about 600 hours. In just a few years, you could save $38,000 on fixed expenses in a shared airplane partnership instead of individual ownership. Continue reading “You can save $38K on fixed expenses in a shared airplane ownership”

Here’s a summary of other fixed airplane operating expenses

Over a three-year period of ownership we’ve experienced “other” fixed operating expenses.   These items are really not considered Life Limited Components or recurring yearly costs for operating an aircraft under part 91.  It’s a group of costs we’d categorized as “ other fixed expenses.” Continue reading “Here’s a summary of other fixed airplane operating expenses”

Here’s a summary of yearly airplane ownership fixed cost

What are the yearly fixed expenses for airplane ownership? Typically, the list starts with insurance, subscriptions, hangar, annual, and lease payments – if there is a loan on your aircraft. Just those items alone can total to more than $13,000 per year.  Want to save 50% – 75%? Continue reading “Here’s a summary of yearly airplane ownership fixed cost”

Here’s a cost summary of life limited items on Cirrus Aircraft

Aircraft Life limited Components are a category of airplane fixed expenses. Life Limited Components expire based on a set number of calendar days and are typically not serviced based on airplane flight hours for part 91 operators. Continue reading “Here’s a cost summary of life limited items on Cirrus Aircraft”