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Cirrus SR22 Australis Review: The Plane With The 1.2 Second Parachute

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It was a crisp winter’s day at the airfield when we met with Rebecca Penny from Cirrus Australia/New Zealand to check out the latest in the Cirrus family – the 2017 SR22T Australis.

In an earlier conversation, Rebecca had described Cirrus as “The Plane With the Parachute” and by the time we arrived at the airfield, we’d learnt the history behind the “parachute plane” and were curious to say the least.

Designed especially for the climate & conditions down here in Australia, Cirrus have put a lot of thought into factors that affect Australian users and it has already been popular with avid flyers and professionals who commute long distances for work. On top of the usual features, the Australis package includes extras like premium leather interiors, exclusive Australis paint design, air-conditioning and 100% UV protected windows.

Watch our review below to discover “The Plane With the Parachute” and details of the Cirrus SR22 Australis.

Cirrus SR22 Fast Facts

Airframe & Powerplant

  • Continental IO-550-N 310 HP Engine
  • Black Engine Baffling
  • Cirrus Airframe Parachute System™ (CAPS™)
  • 60/40 FlexSeating™ (Seats up to 5)
  • Airbag Seatbelts (Front Seats)
  • 3-Blade Propeller
  • High Performance Brakes
  • Tubeless Tires
  • Advanced Wheel Fairings
  • Surface Illumination Lighting
  • Spectra™ Wingtip Lighting
  • Single Movement Power Lever
  • Dual Side Yoke
  • 2 Year Spinner-to-Tail Warranty

Avionics

  • Cirrus Perspective+™ by Garmin® Cockpit
  • Certified Baro-VNAV Approach Capability
  • Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT™)
  • GMA 350c All-Digital Bluetooth® Audio Panel
  • Keyboard Controller
  • Dual WAAS GPS/Comm/Nav Radios
  • Engine & Fuel Monitoring
  • ADS-B Out Transponder
  • 406 MHz ELT
  • USB Power Ports
  • Garmin GFC700 Autopilot with Electronic Stability & Protection
  • Dual ADAHRS
  • Hypoxia Check & Automated Descent Mode
  • Blue Level Button
  • Autopilot Stall Protection

Special thanks to Cirrus Aircraft Australia and New Zealand for making this video possible.

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Leonardo: Solid presence in the Brazilian VIP helicopter market with new orders

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New contracts with a total of nearly € 30 million continue Leonardo’s success in South America’s VIP/Corporate multi-engine helicopter market.

São Paulo, Brazil: During the regions largest luxury helicopter expo, the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE), Leonardo announced the marquee was building on it’s success in South America’s VIP/Corporate multi-engine helicopter market with new orders for a total of five units valued at nearly 30 million euro.

AW109 orders

The official distributor of Leonardo’s AW109 Trekker in Brazil, ICON, has signed firm orders for two units in VIP configuration. Additionally, one more VIP AW109 Trekker and one AW109 GrandNew were purchased by two different private regional operators. The Trekker combines the popular AW109 Grand airframe and large cabin with state-of-the-art Genesys Aerosystems core avionics and skids.

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Three new Leonardo AW109 Trekker helicopters have been ordered in South America. Photo: Leonardo
Leonardo AW109 Grand New
One Leonardo AW109 Grand New has been ordered. Photo: Sloane Helicopters

AW169 orders

Brazil has also readily embraced the new generation AW169. The country is adding one copy, upping the total AW169 VIP fleet to 5 by the end of 2019 which will join a further eight units in service across the Americas by then for VIP and EMS roles. The AW169 features top-notch soundproofing, entertainment systems, and extensive personal customization. Its Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) mode is a victory for safety and comfort, offering complete climate control (heat or cooling) and on-board system use and management while the rotors remain fully stopped. The large cabin seats up to 10 people with room to spare. Over 200 AW169s have been sold to customers worldwide to date to carry out VIP/Corporate transport, EMS/SAR, law enforcement, offshore transport, electronic news gathering, firefighting, utility and for government/military duties.

Globally Leonardo has a 40% market share in the VIP multi-engine segment. In South America that represents 220 helicopters, with over 170 of those flying in Brazil.

Leonardo AW169 helicopter
Leonardo AW169. Photo: Sloane Helicopters (Leonardo distributor)

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Airbus ‘Bird Of Prey’ conceptualization for next generation of engineers

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Underscoring how next generation engineers can make a difference by applying technologies researched at Airbus in hybrid-electric propulsion, active control systems and advanced composite structures.

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Airbus Bird Of Prey Conceptualization Credit: Airbus

Just over a month ago KLM released their Flying-V concept jet where passengers would be seated in the wings. This week, Airbus released a design of its own called ‘Bird of Prey’ at the Royal International Air Tattoo air show in the UK. This release of the concept was timed to underscore the UK’s aerospace industry leadership, and also highlights the 50th anniversary of Airbus as an aircraft manufacturer.

Senior manager at Airbus Martin Aston explains, “Our Bird of Prey is designed to be an inspiration to young people and create a ‘wow’ factor that will help them consider an exciting career in the crucially-important aerospace sector. One of the priorities for the entire industry is how to make aviation more sustainable – making flying cleaner, greener and quieter than ever before. We know from our work on the A350 XWB passenger jet that through bio-mimicry, nature has some of the best lessons we can learn about design”.

Inspired by the efficient mechanics of birds, it has wing and tail structures that mimic those of a bird of prey, while featuring individually controlled feathers that provide active flight control. The theoretical design is a hybrid-electric, turbo propeller aircraft for regional air transportation.

“While not intended to represent an actual aircraft, Airbus’ Bird of Prey is still based on realistic ideas – providing an insight into what a future regional aircraft could look like. It includes a blended wing-to-fuselage joint that mirrors the graceful and aerodynamic arch of an eagle or falcon, representing the potential of bio-mimicry (the design and production of materials, structures and systems inspired by nature)”, Airbus states.

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Gulfstream G650 ER sets another record

From Bombadier to Gulfstream

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Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today announced the ultralong-range Gulfstream G650ER once again proved its unrivaled performance, beating a recent competitor speed record while at the same time increasing the distance flown for the farthest business jet flight in history.

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Gulfstream G650ER keeps setting records Photo: Gulfstream Aerospace

The G650ER flew from Singapore to Tucson, Ariz., at an average speed of 597 miles per hour/960 kilometers per hour over a distance of 8,379 nautical miles/15,518 kilometers. The G650ER’s performance beat the previous record by 44 minutes and more than 225 nm/417 km, asserting the aircraft’s title for flying farther faster than any other jet.

The G650ER departed Singapore’s Changi Airport at 4:53 p.m. local time March 29, crossing the Pacific at an average speed of Mach 0.85 and arriving in Tucson at 5:16 p.m. local time March 29, with fuel in excess of National Business Aviation Association instrument flight rules reserves. The flight took 15 hours and 23 minutes.

“The G650ER has no equal when it comes to its incredible combination of speed and range,”

Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream Aerospace.

“Worldwide, you just can’t go farther faster, and this record proves it. With 350 aircraft in service, the G650 and G650ER show day in and day out that they are class-creating and -leading aircraft that set the standard when they were announced and continue to do so today. Simply put, all others follow.”

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Gulfstream G650ER Photo: Gulfstream Aerospace

Since the G650ER entered service in 2014, it has demonstrated both its real-world performance capabilities and exceptional comfort. Along with its sister aircraft the G650, the G650ER has earned 90 speed records. In 2015, the G650ER flew 8,010 nm/14,835 km from Singapore to Las Vegas in 14 hours and 32 minutes. Then, in 2019, the G650ER flew 7,475 nm/13,843 km from Singapore to San Francisco in 13 hours and 37 minutes. These flights clearly and consistently show that the G650ER continues to lead with its world-class combination of speed and range.

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