310 Cirrus SR20 and SR22 G7 with New Garmin Avionics + GA News

This episode discusses the new features of the G7 models of the Cirrus SR20 and SR22 aircraft, with a particular focus on avionics and other enhancements. The G7 introduces several improvements over its predecessor, the G6.

To learn the features of the new Cirrus G7, you’ll want to purchase a copy of my Max Trescott’s G3000 and G5000 Glass Cockpit Handbook, which covers virtually all of the features you’ll find in the Perspective Touch+ that’s used in the G7 and the SF50 Vision Jet. Garmin avionics are implemented in different ways in different manufacturer’s aircraft. And where there are differences, the book uses icons so that users can easily pick out the differences that apply to their version. So if you plan to fly the SR20 or SR22 G7, just look for the horizontal display icon and the letters SF50. Because those highlight the differences unique to the Perspective Touch+ that’s used in the SF50 and will now be used in the SR22 G7. To get my book, call 800-247-6553 and ask for Max Trescott’s G3000 and G5000 Glass Cockpit Handbook. You can also find a link in our show notes at aviationnewstalk.com, for ordering the book online.

One notable change is the automatic fuel tank alternation in the G7, eliminating the need for pilots to manually switch fuel tanks. This feature, borrowed from the Vision Jet, enhances fuel management and simplifies the flying experience. Additionally, the inclusion of a stick shaker, a common feature in jets, provides tactile feedback to pilots when approaching a stall, potentially improving safety.

The flap switch has also been modified, displaying flap positions and limitations on the avionics. This integration allows for new safety features, such as flaps under speed and over speed protection, preventing deployment or retraction at inappropriate airspeeds.

The G7 incorporates a lightweight lithium-ion starter battery, offering a 20-pound weight reduction compared to the G6. The smart battery monitors itself to optimize performance. The introduction of a push-button starter switch, inspired by the Vision Jet, eliminates the need for a key.

A new storage cubby below the autopilot provides convenient space for personal items, enhancing the overall user experience. Cirrus has relocated environmental controls to make them more accessible and user-friendly, resembling automotive-type air conditioning controls.

Accent lighting inside the aircraft has been improved, along with new color options and exterior designs. The changes aim to enhance the overall aesthetics and comfort of the aircraft.

Moving on to avionics, there’s some uncertainty around whether the G7 features G2000 or G3000 avionics. However, the more critical aspect is the use of Perspective Touch+, the same software found in the Vision Jet. The G7’s avionics changes align with Cirrus’s strategy to make transitioning from the SR22 to the Vision Jet more seamless for customers.

The avionics system boasts a pair of 14-inch displays with increased resolution, offering a better view for tasks such as chart viewing and weather monitoring. Unlike other installations, the G7 omits softkeys on the displays, opting for horizontally oriented touchscreen controllers below the displays. The controllers control different functions, with the left one managing the PFD and MFD, while the right one handles radios and audio. The touchscreen controllers resemble those used in the Garmin GTN 650 and 750 navigators.

Cirrus has simplified the bolster panel, integrating the oxygen switch and displaying oxygen pressure on the MFD. The system includes 3D safe taxi, displaying airport features and providing taxi routing. A Checklist Scroll Wheel, inspired by the Vision Jet, simplifies checklist navigation.

Other notable improvements include a redesigned placard for the CAPS parachute handle, addressing accessibility concerns. A restyled throttle lever and molded-in cupholders contribute to a more streamlined and user-friendly cockpit. Additional USB-C ports and drag reduction measures, such as smoother seams and redesigned wheel fairings, round out the enhancements.

In conclusion, the Cirrus SR22 G7 introduces a range of features and improvements aimed at enhancing safety, user experience, and aesthetics. The avionics upgrades align with Cirrus’s strategy to facilitate a smooth transition for pilots moving from the SR22 to the Vision Jet.

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303 Cirrus SR22T Crash at Shelbyville, IN and Why the CAPS Parachute Matters

Max talks about the fatal crash of a SR22T in Shelbyville, IN and why after an engine, Cirrus pilots are encouraged to use the CAPS parachute rather than glide down to a field. He also talks about why a faster, heavier aircraft has more energy in a crash. He also describes the physics behind why a parachute pull is safer than trying to land in a field.

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227 My Near-Fatal Icing Incident + GA News

227 My Near-Fatal Icing Incident + GA News

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Summary
227 Max talks about a near-fatal icing incident he had 30 years ago in a C182, while flying his first long trip from Scottsdale, AZ to Palo Alto, CA. He flew into a strong storm he wasn’t expecting and encountered icing. He describes three pieces of luck that saved him. He also talks about two fatal accidents involving pilots who failed to get weather briefings before launching on long trips.

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SoCal Beech Accident turbulence night SoCal 2019
SoCal Beech Accident – 2nd article
Elko, NV Turbulence crash – Search for Jan 11 for WPR18FA073 NTSB report
10 Essential Rules for New CFI!
What’s Wrong with Pilatus PC-12 Pilots

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218 Can I Fly Through that Cloud? Cloud Types and Turbulence with Dr. Scott Dennstaedt + GA News

218 Can I Fly Through that Cloud? Cloud Types and Turbulence with Dr. Scott Dennstaedt + GA News

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218 Max talks with Dr. Scott Dennstaedt about different cloud types and the turbulence associated with each type. An instrument rated listener wrote in to say that he didn’t feel adequately trained on which cloud types were safe to fly in and which were not. Scott talks about the different cloud types and about which ones are most likely to have turbulence. Cloud photos included in the podcast.

News Stories

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Scott Dennstaedt’s Weather Book
Scott Dennstaedt’s EZWxBrief App
Scott Dennstaedt’s Online Weather Training

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215 Buying and Flying a Cirrus SR22 from Indiana to California + GA News

215 Buying and Flying a Cirrus SR22 from Indiana to California + GA News

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Summary
215 Max talks with Dmitry Dakhnovsky about their recent trip buying and then flying an SR22 from Indianapolis to California. Something always seems to happen on these long trips, and in this case the challenge was with the weather as they neared their destination. There’s lots of discussion about the alternatives they considered, and how they always had a Plan B at every step of journey.

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Plane/Train Crash Video – Twitter
Police Body Camera Video of Plane/Train crash
Video of Rattlesnake Mountain on the 27R final of Gillespie Field

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213 Why You Should Join a Type Club – Interview Catherine Cavagnaro

213 Why You Should Join a Type Club – Interview Catherine Cavagnaro

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213 Max talks with Catherine Cavagnaro about aircraft type clubs and why pilots should join one. There are more than a hundred of them, yet only a fraction of pilots belong to one. Yet they offer the best value proposition in aviation: they’re cheap and they could save your life. Most type clubs offer a newsletter or magazine and many have a web site loaded with aircraft details. 

As I wrote in a blog article for AOPA eight years ago, “Give yourself an early Christmas present: Join the type club for the aircraft you fly most frequently. But don’t just write a check; become an active participant. Whether you own or rent, you’re bound to learn more about the intricacies of that aircraft model. And if your family is lucky, what you learn as a type club member may someday save your life…and possibly their lives too.”

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American Bonanza Society
Cessna 150/152 Club
Cessna Pilots Association
COPA – Cirrus Owner Pilots Association
Lake Amphibian Club
AOPA’s Type Club Listings
EAA’s Type Club Listings
How to Start a Type Club
Catherine Cavagnaro YouTube Channel
Catherine Cavagnaro’s Ace Aerobatic School
AOPA Pilot Magazine Articles by Catherine Cavagnaro
Catherine Cavagnaro on Instagram

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207 Fighters Chase Beech B36TC and Recent Hypoxia-related Accidents + GA News

207 Fighters Chase Beech B36TC and Recent Hypoxia-related Accidents + GA News

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Summary
207 Max talks with Rob Mark about an accident in which fighters chased a B36TC with an unconscious pilot and about other recent hypoxia-related accidents. He also talks with Annemarie Bain about the 2022 Pilots Without Pants calendar, a fundraiser to raise money for aviation scholarships. Cirrus is offering a free Takeoffs and Landings online course and a YouTube video shows a King Air in a spin.

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Fighter jets tracked plane over Wisconsin before it crashed
Neighbor recalls night of plane crash that killed one man
Appareo Vision 1000
Hazardous Attitudes, Which One Do You Have?
Free Takeoffs and Landings course from Cirrus

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King Air Stall/Spin as Skydivers Prepare to Jump
Youtube version: Pilots without Pants Interview

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193 Two SR20 Takeoff Accidents plus Performance Charts with Catherine Cavagnaro + GA News

193 Two SR20 Takeoff Accidents plus Performance Charts with Catherine Cavagnaro + GA News

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Summary
193 Max talks with Catherine Cavagnaro about her insights into POH takeoff performance charts. He also talked about two recent SR20 takeoff accidents. One occurred at Truckee Airport, where Max had been twice before in recent weeks, both times in SR20s. The other occurred in Arkansas after a pilot took off with his pitot cover on and did a base to final spin after flying a very low traffic pattern.

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Cirrus SR20 Takeoff Accident at Truckee, CA
Cirrus SR20 Takeoff Accident at Conway, AR
#99 Air Force Pilot Crash in Cirrus SR22
#130 SR22 Crash into House in Southern California
Catherine Cavagnaro YouTube Channel
Catherine Cavagnaro’s Ace Aerobatic School
AOPA Pilot Magazine Articles by Catherine Cavagnaro

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189 AOPA on Warbirds Adventures Case and its Impact on CFIs, Cirrus Safety Award + GA News

189 AOPA on Warbirds Adventures Case and its Impact on CFIs, Cirrus Safety Award + GA News

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189 Max talks with AOPA General Counsel Justine Harrison and Jared Allen about the impact of the Warbirds Adventures Case on Flight Instruction. The immediate impact is if you provide instruction for compensation in a limited category aircraft, you need an FAA exemption. The FAA has been asked to interpret how the decision affects other flight instruction. Max receives Cirrus 2020 Safety Award.

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NOVA – Hindenburg: The New Evidence
NOVA – Great Electric Airplane Race
Traveling Salesman Problem Solved for Airports in Every State

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188 Nine Lessons from Cirrus Midair Collision over Denver

188 Nine Lessons from Cirrus Midair Collision over Denver

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188 Max talks with pilot Eric Gundersen, who created a video that shows some of the factors that led to a midair collision between a Cirrus SR22 and a Metroliner at Centennial airport in Colorado. The factors identified could apply to any aircraft type and serve as a cautionary tale for all pilots. Here’s a summary of Max’s 9 Lessons Pilots can Learn from the Cirrus midair plus a tenth lesson for Cirrus pilots:

  1. Fly the correct pattern speeds
  2. Faster speeds require steeper bank angles
  3. Autopilots don’t bank steeply enough for use in the pattern
  4. Get comfortable with 30 degree banks in the pattern
  5. Don’t overshoot the final, but if you do, consider going around.
  6. Refer to a traffic system to identify pattern traffic
  7. If in doubt, start your turn early
  8. Use G1000 and Perspective Track Vectors to eliminate overshoot
  9. Don’t Get Distracted
  10. Bring a parachute

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Mentioned in the Show
Erik Gundersen’s video with ground track and ATC audio
How to Avoid Midair Collisions Episode #109
Air Force Pilot Crash in Cirrus SR22 Episode #99
SR22 Crash into House in Southern California Episode #130

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