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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