The latest, which Cirrus calls the X-Edition, is striking. Check out the pictures to see for yourself. The seats are done in Alcanterra leather with available contrasting stitching; there are carbon fiber accents throughout, both on the interior and exterior; and you can get suede headliners and other panels, too. These new interior and exterior trim options add $14,850 to the price tag, and a distinctive two-tone paint scheme adds another $5,900. If history is any indication, these options will be popular with many Cirrus buyers, who historically check off every box before bringing their new airplane home.
New Maintenance Plan
For decades, owners of business aircraft have been able to predict their maintenance costs precisely because of the existence of engine and overall maintenance plans for them, such as Rolls Royce's popular Power by the Hour plan. Now Cirrus has such a plan, which it calls CMX, and just like the 'chute, it's good for the whole airplane.
For a sign-up fee of $2,900 for the Cirrus SR20 and $3,900 for the Cirrus SR22, owners of 2009 airplanes can enroll in the program and pay between $31 and $37 per hour in 100-hour increments, depending on the model, for maintenance. The customer supplies the fluids; everything else is Cirrus' responsibility. The plans are a no-brainer for business aircraft operators because they allow you to precisely predict the costs of ownership. Do the plans sometimes wind up costing more than the maintenance would have? You bet. But the big advantage is that they protect you from catastrophically high repair bills.
A few years ago, after Cirrus introduced the GTS, I wondered what it would do for an encore. How could it possibly tweak its already highly evolved four-seat piston single any more? The answers, I now know, were turbocharging, air conditioning, known ice, synthetic vision, enhanced vision, an incredible new avionics suite with dual channel digital autopilot, new interior choices, new training and service packages, and more.
For more information about the 2009 Cirrus SR20 and SR22, including pricing, options and other details, visit cirrusdesign.com.