Cirrus Aircraft today introduced the company's model year 2014 SR-Series airplane lineup, the very latest editions of the world's best-selling line of personal and small business aircraft. New features and upgrades to the 2014 Generation 5 aircraft exemplify the Cirrus hallmarks of continuous and industry-leading product innovation, customer-focused improvements and best-in-class safety systems.
Cirrus Integrated LED Technology
"The most immediately recognizable new feature for 2014 is that we have brought luxury automobile LED lighting technology to the airplane, a first in our segment. Cirrus Integrated LED Technology™ increases functional performance while enhancing aesthetic appeal for Cirrus customers," states Todd Simmons, Executive Vice President, Sales, Marketing & Customer Support. "Of course the new level of clarity and brightness is remarkable, but you just can't help but be taken by how cool our new LED package looks!"
The all-new and state-of-the-art multi-function LED lighting system, called Cirrus Integrated LED Technology™, is seamlessly integrated into the wing and provides a range of functions including:
1. Ground illumination for night pre-flight walk-arounds
2. Tail surface illumination
3. Anti-Collision lights
4. Navigational position lights
5. Landing light assistance
6. 'Halo' accent lighting
Additionally, the flush-mount installation not only reduces drag, but also now adds both LED reliability and brightness, unmatched by other light technology. These lights can be activated using a key fob or with switches from inside the cockpit.
Refined New Aesthetic and Feature Packages
All new for 2014 are re-imagined Carbon and Platinum Appearance packages. Like the Cirrus Integrated LED Technology™, these bold new designs further distinguish Cirrus customers from conventional thinking when it comes to ramp presence and appeal.
Inspired by the unmistakable style of the most legendary sports cars, the Carbon Appearance package utilizes a new palette of accent colors to make the 2014 Cirrus no less than stunning on the tarmac. Interior details such as jet black vents, carbon fiber instrument panel lobes and two-tone leather bolster seats complete this exhilarating new look.
A true sense of traditional, elegant and luxurious style is captured in the new 2014 Platinum Appearance premium upgrade. Fluid lines and a distinguished collection of earthy exterior colors highlight this desirable option for 2014. Nickel vents and solid color leather bolster seats provide the perfect finishing touches that complement this rich new addition to Cirrus style.
"There will no mistaking when a new 2014 Cirrus Aircraft is on the ramp as only Cirrus offers this innovative new mix of performance, safety and style." added Simmons. "We take our design cues from so many places outside of aviation and then work carefully with our engineers and artists to bring them into the airplane in just the right way. You can see the results of that thinking in these new colors, exterior schemes and most importantly the new LED lighting system for 2014."
High-Performance Lighter Weight Brakes and Tubeless Tires
The 2014 Cirrus aircraft line-up features an innovative new high-performance Beringer brake system that reduces weight and enhances performance and safety. Called Beringer Aero design, these brakes provide the same stopping power but with less mass and is achieved with a smaller rotor that performs at a cooler overall operating temperature. They also allow the use of tubeless tires to provide a higher level of reliability when compared to traditional tube tires, reducing the risk of leaks and failures.
Unrivaled Performance and Capability in Generation 5
Generation 5 is the name given to the airframe change required to achieve the 200-pound increase in useful load first introduced in 2013. The entire aircraft design was analyzed from spinner-to-tail and many parts and systems reengineered and redesigned to accommodate the increased airframe load, aerodynamic improvements, improved flight performance and the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System™ (CAPS). Substantial testing, including a new series of parachute test drops, was conducted for validation. With an increased canopy size, a new rocket extraction system that propels the parachute upon activation, an advanced technology electrical rocket igniter and lighter and stronger construction materials, the proven CAPS system continues to save lives - 77 to date. Other airframe upgrades included strengthening the carbon fiber, single-part wing spar, the landing gear and a new flap system, allowing extension to the first position at 150 knots.
In 2014 attention is turned to LED technology in the wingtips and the addition of high performance brakes in addition to the 2013 load carrying exclamation point of recent Cirrus innovations which also include: Cirrus Perspective™ avionics by Garmin®; Cirrus Known Ice Protection™; Perspective Global Connect™ satellite communications; 60/40 FlexSeating™; and the totally unique Cirrus Airframe Parachute System™ (CAPS). The SR22/SR22T has been the best selling GA aircraft now for over a decade.
Model Year 2014 SR-Series aircraft are available for pre-order today with next deliveries available in the first quarter of 2014.
About Cirrus Aircraft
Cirrus Aircraft is a recognized leader in general aviation. Its all-composite line of personal aircraft - the SR20, SR22 and the turbocharged SR22T - incorporate innovative and advanced performance, electronic and safety technologies, including Cirrus Perspective™ by Garmin® avionics and the unique Cirrus Airframe Parachute System™ (CAPS). To date, total time on the worldwide Cirrus Aircraft SR-series fleet surpassed five million flight hours with 77 lives saved as a direct result of CAPS being a standard safety feature on all Cirrus aircraft. The Cirrus Vision SF50 jet, with over 550 production positions reserved, will provide a new personal and regional business transportation solution: the personal jet. All Cirrus aircraft are made in the U.S. with a direct sales force in North America and authorized sales centers covering export markets in 60 countries around the world. Cirrus Aircraft is wholly owned by China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co., Ltd (CAIGA). For additional information on Cirrus and its products please visit cirrusaircraft.com.