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Cirrus Is Serious About Safety

Posted: May. 17th, 2006  |  By JustLuxe TeamThe Affluent Lifestyle Guide
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Luxury Aircraft: It is very comforting to know that the manufacturer of the world's best selling general-aviation airplane is steadfastly devoted to safety. "Safety Comes Standard" is the mantra of Cirrus. The company produces all-composite single engine, four-seat jets with its SR20-G2, SR22-G2, SRV-G2 and SR20-GTS and SR22-GTS models. The firm's growth rate is soaring, as it plans to expand its manufacturing facilities in Duluth, Minnesota, and Grand Forks, North Dakota. By June 2006, Cirrus is expected to enter the private jet-chartering business with the acquisition of Greenville, South Carolina-based Smart Air Travel Solutions Air (SATS Air). The move enables Cirrus' new wholly owned subsidiary to have a 100 SR-series aircrafts in its fleet by year's end. The business plan is to offer short-leg flights in the 200 to 300 mile radius.

The SR models feature all-digital glass cockpits that simplify flying duties and enhance safety with greater visibility. A whole-airframe-parachute-recovery system, CAPS, is a unique safety feature that adds an extra layer of protection for flyers. The entire aircraft has a parachute, meaning that if the plane is in peril, a parachute is deployed that will allow the plane to land safely. These planes also are equipped with energy-absorbing seats that are similar to airbags in automobiles.

The SR GTS models can be purchased factory-direct, which results in cost-savings to buyers. Both new and previously owned crafts are available. Fractional ownership and rentals also can be accommodated. Jets of this size have access to all of America's 18,345 airports. The approximate price range of the SRV-G2, SR20-G2, and SR22-G2 is from $200,000 to $350,000, with numerous optional features. The SR20-GTS and SR22-GTS come in at around $335,000, and $448,000, respectively. Check out Cirrus' informative website for specific details.

For LxM James Rothaar
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