Pilots Can Pick A Cirrus With Its New Configurator

Tapping into the high-end auto buying experience, Cirrus Aircraft launches a robust app, the Cirrus Configurator.

The configurator from Cirrus Aircraft helps pilots select just the right visual elements of their airplane’s design. [Credit: Julie Boatman]

The way a pilot paints their airplane makes a statement—whether it’s quiet elegance or bold action. And aircraft manufacturers generally go to great lengths to select the colors and appointments both inside and out that speak to their customer base. In doing so, sometimes they end up with so many choices that the results a pilot wishes to achieve are hard to visualize.

To help solve this, Cirrus Aircraft launched its new aircraft configurator at the Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo this week. FLYING had a chance to try it out at the OEM’s chalet on the flight line—and it takes the selection process to a new level.

Available for the entire SR series—including the SR20, SR22, and SR22T—as well as the Vision Jet, the aircraft configurator allows for the potential aircraft owner to walk through the benefits of each model. Then, the configurator guides the buyer through the myriad choices available in both exterior and interior color and other elements.

The app is a great way to understand more about the airplanes on a pilot’s own time, assisting with their research in a self-propelled way.

Not buying and just imagining that you’ll fly a Cirrus someday? The configurator powers those dreams too.

Based in Maryland, Julie is an editor, aviation educator, and author. She holds an airline transport pilot certificate with Douglas DC-3 and CE510 (Citation Mustang) type ratings. She's a CFI/CFII since 1993, specializing in advanced aircraft and flight instructor development. Follow Julie on Twitter @julieinthesky.

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