Safety - Making Smart Decisions from the Start
Cirrus Design spent some
time this weekend briefing ANN on a novel program in which SR20 and
SR22 Avidyne Entegra Multi-Function Displays will be upgraded to
include a safety checklist designed to enhance a pilot's safety
focus as he or she starts each flight.
Now, every time a pilot starts their aircraft, the MFD will
display three pages of information inviting a personal inventory
before takeoff regarding limitations, weather, flight planning,
passenger briefing, and readiness to fly.
According to Cirrus Co-Founder and CEO Alan Klapmeier, "As a
Cirrus owner and pilot, I appreciate the friendly reminder to make
sure that I am personally prepared to fly myself and my passengers
safely to our destination. It was natural to add 'Risk Assessment
Tool' as a function of the versatile Avidyne Entegra MFD."
The first new page features the Cirrus "Envelope of Safety".
This graphic display simplifies a myriad of information critical to
safe flight decisions. The weather and experience limitations are
the same rigorous standards utilized by Cirrus for dispatching any
flights whether sales, corporate, or personal through the Cirrus
This resource contains information of value to all pilots
regardless of airplane make or model. It is available as a free
download from the Cirrus Pilot's World website.
Cirrus President and COO David Coleal adds, "Statistics show the
majority of fatal accidents in aviation are related to a pilot
making an unwise decision. At Cirrus, our commitment to safety
extends beyond the product. We work diligently to equip our
owners and pilots with relevant information and tools to safely
enjoy the utility of their airplane, within their own personal
The new resource pages were developed collaboratively with the
Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association (COPA). Cirrus owners can
obtain this latest software upgrade by contacting their local
Cirrus Authorized Service Center.
The update includes rate improvements for XM refresh and other
enhancements. An ANN Aero-Cast, featuring CD's Bill Stone
discussing this program, will be webcast Wednesday.