You know you’re not in for any surprises when flying a Cirrus. The manufacturer, after all, places a premium on creating a standard feel for its products and a consistent “experience” for its customers. It’s understood the big changes are unveiled in its “Generation” advances, like the G5 series introduced in 2013 that, among other big developments, brought a 200-pound increase in useful load to the composite single. But while the annual upgrade surprises are smaller, in aggregate, they can make a big impact; Cirrus pays as close attention to introducing meaningful enhancements and options as any automaker in Detroit.
So it’s no surprise we were eager to see what was new when Cirrus Aircraft invited us to experience a 2015 SR22 during its public debut at the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In Expo at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport (KLAL) in April. We met Ivy McIver, Cirrus’ SR (Single, Reciprocating) Product Line Manager, at Plant City Airport (KPCM), eight nm west of Lakeland, where the company based N974KS, an SR22T GTS Platinum edition, during the show.