July 2008 Issue
Cirrus Perspective: Integration Gets Serious
Cirrus re-invented the Garmin G1000 in its own image as a $48K add on option. The EFIS ergonomics and symbology are much improved.
Ever fond of making the simple complex and the complex more complex, the FAA had to come up with an acronym to describe whatís otherwise known as progress. TAA or technically advanced aircraft is the umbrella term applied to an airplane with glass displays, but really, it means anything with a moving map, a GPS navigator and an autopilot. Excuse us, but if a 30-year-old Cherokee with a Garmin GNS430 and a creaky AutoControl is a technically advanced aircraft, a 1963 Dodge Dart is a concept car. To us, technically advanced means that the technology belongs in the airframe and is integrated into its operation. Cirrus pioneered this idea and with its latest product, called the Cirrus Perspective, it has given birth to what anyone in industry should recognize as a true TAA. The Perspective is both subtle and seismic. Bottom line, itís just a new options package for the established and highly successful SR22, although the airframe itself has some upgrades. The seismic shift is that the Perspective has a new version of the Garmin G1000 EFIS rather than the Avidyne Entegra which has been standard in the Cirrus since 2002.
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