Wed, Jul 28, 2004
The Evolution Continues
Corporation has announced the much-anticipated SR20-G2. The SR20-G2
is the second generation of the SR20 aircraft design that
originally propelled Cirrus into the certified aircraft business in
1998. The 200 horsepower SR20-G2 was redesigned with the
enhancements of the SR22-G2 that was unveiled at Sun 'n Fun earlier
this year. Although many of the airframe refinements may be too
subtle for only the truest Cirrus aficionados to detect (like the
redesigned vertical stabilizer), the obvious interior refinements
clearly set a new industry standard. The SR20-G2, and VFR-only
variant SRV-G2, have many new features that improve comfort for
pilots and serviceability for the numerous flight schools beginning
to operate them. The following is a list of the latest enhancements
to the SR20-G2.
- Glass Cockpit - First introduced in 2002 and
standard equipment on every Cirrus model, the Cirrus glass cockpit
includes the 10.4" Avidyne FlightMax® Entegra Primary Flight
Display, a 10.4" FlightMax® Multi-Function Display plus up to
two additional 5" display Garmin® GPS receivers. The Cirrus
glass cockpit is the first personal aviation system to have the
autopilot integrated with the PFD to provide such functions as
altitude pre-select, altitude hold and vertical speed select. The
MFD displays navigation functions for flight planning, en route,
waypoint and destination information, engine monitoring, real time
lightning information, traffic alerts and shaded terrain and
obstacle data. New functionality offered in the Cirrus glass
cockpit includes an electronic ground proximity warning system,
satellite datalink weather and electronic approach plates displayed
on the MFD.
- Secure Latch™ Doors - A distinct new
automotive-style door design allows the two oversized doors to be
closed with less effort. A single movement closes, latches
and secures the door in two locations. Opening the door is
ingeniously accomplished from the outside by simply pressing a
button. Even the baggage door has been upgraded to Secure
- New Interior - The renowned ergonomics of the
Cirrus cabin are complemented by a choice of four seat styles in
contemporary colors. Other elegant interior refinements
include the leather wrapped side-yoke, throttle lever and grab
handles and fluid use of a new composite material called Soft
- New Cowl - The SR20-G2 cowl has been
reengineered to provide improved airflow management by refining the
shape and diminishing the size of the exhaust contours.
Additionally the oil access door has been redesigned for a more
- General Enhancements - The cumulative effect
of dozens of product refinements and manufacturing process
improvements created an entirely new fuselage. The investment in
precision tooling that helps reduce manufacturing time ultimately
improves the consistency of the high-quality product.
- New Two-Piece Lower Cowling - A redesigned
lower cowl simplifies removal and installation for servicing.
A new high-intensity headlight has also been reconfigured into the
- Enhanced Wing Spar Access - In an effort to
improve access to the hardware that connects wing spar to the
fuselage, the lower wing fairing is now attached with fasteners
rather than bonding.
- Convenient Tail Access - Already revered by
A&Ps for easy access to critical areas, the SR20-G2 and SRV-G2
now have an access door on the right side of the fuselage for
greater access and flexibility for future options.
- Improved CAPS Access - Routine inspections of
the CAPS has also been improved for A&Ps as a result of the
total fuselage redesign.
The SR22-G2 introduction at Sun 'n Fun on April 12, 2004 was
well received by customers and has undoubtedly helped Cirrus retain
a leadership position in 4 place piston engine sales. "SR20-G2
order holders will be equally pleased with the refined 200
horsepower model," stated Alan Klapmeier, chief executive officer
and president of Cirrus. Although the wings are different between
SR20 and SR22, the second-generation product line shares a common
fuselage and all of the improvements in quality, fit and finish.
Klapmeier added, "We will continue to explore ways to improve the
value of Cirrus product and the Cirrus ownership experience as the
evolution of Cirrus continues."
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