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.

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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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272 Spatial Disorientation and SOPs: Analyzing Three Recent Accidents

272 Spatial Disorientation and SOPs: Analyzing Three Recent Accidents

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272 Max talks about three recent accidents, all of which should have been avoidable. Interestingly, two of them involve helicopters, and yet the lessons we can learn from them apply directly to fixed wing pilots as well. Two of the three accidents involve failure to follow standard operating procedures, and two of them appear to include spatial disorientation.

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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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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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170 Mastering the Go-Around – Safety Talk with Rob Mark

170 Mastering the Go-Around – Safety Talk with Rob Mark
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170 Max talks with Flying Magazine Sr. Editor Rob Mark about some accidents and close calls involving go-arounds and techniques you can use when going around. Rob tells a story about how he nearly died during a go-around soon after he got his Private certificate. A doctor died in a Cirrus in NJ after an unstable approach, a bounced landing, and a poorly managed go-around.

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168 How to Avoid Deadly Weather-Related Accidents – Safety Moment with Rob Mark

168 How to Avoid Deadly Weather-Related Accidents – Safety Moment with Rob Mark

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168 Max talks with Flying Mag Sr. Editor Rob Mark about two recent fatal weather-related accidents and strategies for avoiding them. A family of four was killed in a SR22 after a low time Private pilot took off for a long trip at night and encountered weather. A doctor flying a Cessna 210 crashed in Texas while flying an instrument approach in freezing rain. A timely 180 could have saved both pilots.

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162 Cirrus SR22 Crashes on an Instrument Approach after Unnecessary Fuel Stop and Many Other Risk Factors + GA News

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Summary
Max talks about a fatal crash with many risk factors including a pilot who had low total flying time and relatively little experience in an SR22. After a 5-hour flight, flown late at night, he flew past his destination to buy cheap fuel at another airport close to his home. During that time, his home field went below minimums. He appeared to be unaware he was flying parallel, but offset by 0.6 miles laterally, throughout the entire approach. He ended up crashing a mile short of the runway. The accident pilot made a similar mistake during an instrument approach he flew two nights earlier. However that time, after flying parallel and offset from the final approach course for a full minute, he noticed his error and slowly corrected, getting back on course just at the Final Approach Fix.

These similar errors suggest the pilot was not looking at the HSI for primary course guidance during his instrument approaches. Most likely, he was instead referring to the moving map for course guidance. Unfortunately the moving map presents virtually the same image whether you’re slightly off course or far outside the bounds of the instrument approach, as this pilot was. Depending upon how the map range is set, the map looks virtually the same in both cases. I occasionally see instrument pilots make this mistake and I always tell them they must use the HSI (or CDI), not the moving map, for primary course guidance.

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153 Normalization of Deviance and Red Bull Air Races – Interview with Mike Goulian

153 Normalization of Deviance and Red Bull Air Races – Interview with Mike Goulian

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153 Aerobatic national champion and air show pilot Mike Goulian talks about how if a pilot or an organization gets away with deviant behavior, it becomes normalized. Mike shares observations on air show accidents, the changes brought about by the ICAS Safety Creed, and his own personal experience of being called out by an air show pilot for a subtle change Mike made in his air show performances.

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147 Essential Tips on Aircraft Ownership – Interview with Mike Busch of Savvy Aviation


147 Essential Tips on Aircraft Ownership – Interview with Mike Busch of Savvy Aviation

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147 Max talks with Mike Busch, author of four books on general aviation piston aircraft maintenance, about essential aircraft ownership tips. Mike talks about how to protect aircraft engines from corrosion if the plane isn’t flown and about post-maintenance test flights and how they should be flown. He also relates horror stories of pilots who tried to save money by buying a cheap airplane.

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134 How to Avoid CFIT, Controlled Flight Into Terrain Accidents + GA News


134 How to Avoid CFIT, Controlled Flight Into Terrain Accidents + GA News

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134 Max talks about several CFIT accidents, including a recent crash of a SR22 near Las Vegas. He also talks about why you might still hit terrain when getting ATC vectors during VFR flight. He also talks about relative terrain tools available in the cockpit and in EFB apps such as ForeFlight and Garmin Pilot, and how they can help keep you safe.

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Sedona YouTube Video on Fly with the Guys Channel
Proposal Video
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Nov 2019 Las Vegas Plane Crash
GA Joint Steering Committee’s CFIT Brochure
AC 61-134 – General Aviation Controlled Flight into Terrain Awareness
NTSB Final Report – Dec 1995 CFIT accident at San Jose, CA
NTSB Final Report – Nov 2007 CFIT accident near Las Vegas
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131 Buying and Flying a Cirrus SR22 from Miami to California, Lightspeed Tango headset, Garmin inReach


131 Buying and Flying a Cirrus SR22 from Miami to California, Lightspeed Tango headset, Garmin inReach

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131 Max talks with Luke Fischer about their trip across the U.S. in a 2016 SR22. Luke talks about the buying process, prepurchase inspection, and acceptance flight. The aircraft is now for rent at West Valley at KPAO. During the trip, Max tested the tracking and satellite text message capabilities of the Garmin inReach. Max also tested a wireless Tango headset that Lightspeed lent for the trip.

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