Welcome! This is the fourth anniversary of general aviation writing at wikiWings®. During the year, we added articles on airplane operating costs which is a significant topic of interest for pilots. There are now more than 73 detailed posts on the cost to fly. You can view the operating cost articles in chronological order by selecting “categories” on the wikiWings home page (Select Category is located in the right side margin). Just click on “Cost of Ownership” in the drop-down menu.
This past year, we congratulated the Cirrus Aircraft team for certification of the SF50 Personal Jet and posted eight articles on the new Vision jet including its expected operating cost. Continue reading “Wheels Up! 2017”→
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”→
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.
How many airplanes has Cirrus Aircraft manufactured? Cirrus Aircraft has shipped a total of 5,600 airplanes. In 2013, Cirrus shipped 276 airplanes which was a 9.1% increase over the prior year. Yet deliveries are still running half pre-recession levels. Continue reading “Cirrus Aircraft Shipments 2013”→
How is the passenger experience different in a Cirrus Aircraft? The passenger experience is one of the first feedback items I noticed as a new owner to Cirrus. When passengers board the plane they’re able to stand up while getting into their seat. Continue reading “The Cirrus Aircraft Passenger Experience”→
In October 2013, our partnership purchased a 2008 Turbo Cirrus SR22TN-G3 GTSx with the Perspective by Garmin flight deck. We selected a low-time aircraft with less than 500 hours.
We enrolled in the Cirrus Advanced Transition Training Course. One of benefits of a flying partnership is more training time. We doubled our transition training by going through the process together. One pilot sat in the backseat to listen and observe while the other flew the plane with the instructor. We plan on participating in 90-day and 6-month recurrency training.
This is my first turbo aircraft. I’ll share flight experiences and operational information in future posts.