Industry News

January 2012 Issue

Cirrus Examined: Just Average for Safety

If the much-promoted full-airplane parachute system promised an exceptionally low accident rate, the potential is thus far unrealized. Can it be?

When Cirrus kicked open the barroom doors in 1999 with an innovative new airplane equipped with a parachute, it promised to turn the page on light aircraft safety. In our initial report on the Cirrus SR20, we deemed it “one of the most crashworthy airplanes in GA history.” A dozen years hence, does the accident history support the expectations? Has Cirrus delivered what many buyers hoped it would? And while we’re at it, how does it compare to other models? Which have the best accident rates, which the worst?

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