|Cirrus SR22 aircraft, rendering. Photo: Cirrus Aircraft
[Avionics Today 02-12-2016] Cirrus Aircraft’s new aircraft shipments in 2015 exceeded 300 for the second year in a row, the general aviation manufacturer reported. New unit deliveries for 2015 totaled 301 while the global Cirrus fleet surpassed 6,200 total Cirrus SR22 aircraft and amassed over seven million flight hours.
"2015 was a strong year for the enterprise, both for new aircraft deliveries and for the investments we made for the future," said Todd Simmons, president of customer experience at Cirrus Aircraft. "Delivering over 300 SR airplanes for the second year in a row is an impressive accomplishment, especially in light of some very challenging economic conditions in many export markets.”
In addition to new SR series deliveries, the revolutionary Vision Jet program continued progress toward first customer deliveries in 2016. The program achieved numerous significant milestones in 2015, including FAR Subpart B flight characteristics testing, flight load static testing, ultimate load parachute testing and more. Cirrus also unveiled the Perspective Touch by Garmin flight deck and opened new facilities in Duluth, Minn., for Vision Jet production. With more than 550 orders, Cirrus plans certification for the first half of 2016 with deliveries set to begin shortly thereafter.