Cirrus SR22 Generation One (G1) Introduction

By the late 1990’s the Klapmeier brothers had moved away from constructing kit planes. They had a bigger vision that would change general aviation. In 1998 the FAA certified their first airplane – The Cirrus SR20.  Nine certified SR20’s were shipped in 1999 as reported by the General Aviation Management Association (GAMA). Two years later the SR22 was certified and GA would not be the same. Continue reading “Cirrus SR22 Generation One (G1) Introduction”

Embark is a value for pilots transitioning to pre-owned Cirrus Aircraft

Here’s the right way to take-off in your new airplane. Embark provides Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilots (CSIPs) at no charge to pilots purchasing pre-owned Cirrus Aircraft.

2017 Cirrus Aircraft SR22, Oshkosh WI, photo credit wikiWings
2017 Cirrus Aircraft SR22, Oshkosh WI, photo credit wikiWings

The training is provided by the Cirrus network of instructors and paid for by Cirrus. Embark was created to train pilots buying Cirrus aircraft on the used market. It doesn’t matter if you buy the plane from an individual or broker.

Here’s the thing, statistics for fatal and non-fatal accidents indicate pilots flying without type-specific training from Cirrus trained instructors are at higher risk. Let’s repeat this message, pilots choosing not to receive instruction from CSIP’s are at higher risk for an accident.

Cirrus is a leader in developing world-class flight training materials and proficient flight instruction. Their company culture is dedicated to aviation safety. Embark raises that commitment even higher.

If you’re an individual or multi-owner partnership thinking about purchasing a pre-owned Cirrus Aircraft you need to check out the Embark program. All members of a partnership are eligible to receive transition training at no charge. Continue reading “Embark is a value for pilots transitioning to pre-owned Cirrus Aircraft”

Wheels Up! 2017

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.

Cirrus Aircraft enthusiasts, Austin Texas 2016, photo credit wikiWings
Cirrus Aircraft enthusiasts, Austin Texas 2016, photo credit wikiWings

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”

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”

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”

Cirrus Aircraft Shipments 2013

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”