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In more than 20 years on the general aviation market, Cirrus has evolved from an ambitious startup to an industry powerhouse turning out today’s most popular GA aircraft. I recently reread Free Flight: Inventing the Future of Travel, James Fallows’ 2001 book that follows the company through the early days of bringing its SR aircraft to market. People who read the book will understand why Cirrus succeeded where so many other aspiring aircraft makers failed. They will also see that starting an airplane company is a monumentally tall order even if you begin with a great idea.
Today a lot of the details that made Cirrus aircraft different from the competition, such as composite construction, design cues taken from the auto industry, and airframe parachute, have become more common and accepted. Two of the three partners who owned my Commander 114B before I bought it are now flying Cirrus SR22s. Both seem smitten. There also are many older aircraft that have been retrofitted with similar parachute systems. One of them, a Cessna 182, lives two hangars away from my airplane.
This Cirrus SR22 has 2,200 hours on the airframe and zero hours since overhaul on its Continental IO-550-N engine. The aircraft has a new interior installed in 2022. The panel includes an Avidyne Entegra FlightMax PFD/MFD, PMA 450B audio panel, Avidyne IFD 550 and IFD 440, Avidyne DFC 90 autopilot, and Lynx NGT9000 transponder.
Pilots who have always wanted a Cirrus but have yet to find one that is “just right” should consider this 2005 Cirrus SR22 G2, which is available for $499,000 on AircraftForSale.