Generation 5. The Most Cirrus Ever.

Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

The Generation 5 SR22 and SR22T. The Most Cirrus Ever.

Cirrus was founded with the idea of creating an aircraft that never existed before—an aircraft with features and innovations that take the flying experience to an entirely different level. This spirit of unceasing innovation continues at Cirrus today and the result is the new Generation 5 SR22 and SR22T.

Generation 5 embodies everything that makes a Cirrus a Cirrus…and then some. Innovation. Sophistication. Luxury. And of course, unparalleled safety. It is truly the most Cirrus ever.

The fifth generation SR-Series lineup, is dominated by a dramatic increase in load carrying capability for these best-selling aircraft. Increasing the certified gross weight to 3600 lbs. (1,633 kg) for both SR22 and SR22T, this new utility and flexibility allows an extra person, substantial extra baggage or cargo all while carrying more fuel in both of these 5-seat aircraft.

The changes for Generation 5 make the SR22 and SR22T the highest in-class useful load aircraft available today. A standard SR22 not only achieves true "four-seat airplane that can carry four people and full fuel," but SR22 and SR22T models now have five seats total and can carry all five FAA-standard passengers non-stop and in comfort over 700 nautical miles.

Generation 5 is the name given to the airframe changes required to achieve the step-change improvement for the SR22/SR22T. The entire aircraft design was analyzed from spinner-to-tail and many parts and systems reengineered and redesigned to accommodate the increased airframe load, aerodynamic improvements, improved flight performance and the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System™ (CAPS.) Substantial testing, including a new series of CAPS parachute test drops, was conducted for validation. Significant changes for Generation 5 have been made to the CAPS system including an increased canopy size, a new rocket extraction system that propels the parachute upon activation, an advanced technology electrical rocket igniter and lighter and stronger construction materials. Other airframe upgrades included strengthening the carbon fiber, single part wing spar, the landing gear and a new flap system allowing extension to the first position at 150 knots.

This redesigned SR22/SR22T, the fifth generation of Cirrus aircraft, add a load carrying exclamation point to recent Cirrus innovations including: Cirrus Perspective™ avionics by Garmin®; Cirrus Known Ice Protection™; Perspective Global Connect™ satellite communications; 60/40 FlexSeating™; and the totally unique Cirrus Airframe Parachute System™ (CAPS).


200 lbs. more useful load +
60/40 FlexSeating™ =
The only 5 person aircraft in its class.


Cirrus Airframe Parachute System.™
The most groundbreaking safety technology ever.


SR22 & SR22T.
High performance. Best-selling.


Cirrus Perspective.™
Plane and pilot in perfect harmony.


Cirrus Known Ice Protection.™
The most weather capable aircraft in its class.

CAPS™ – For Safer Skies

The original inspiration for the whole-airplane parachute on the Cirrus airplane was a mid-air collision that could have led to tragedy. But instead it led to the creation of the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System – the most significant safety innovation in over a half-century of general aviation.


From the start of our company, each and every day, the profound passion for everyone at Cirrus is to create safer airplanes, safer pilots and safer skies. Not just for Cirrus pilots, but all pilots. Flying safely will always be our most fundamental mission.


The parachute system is designed to protect occupants in the event of an emergency by lowering the aircraft to the ground after deployment. CAPS revolutionized general aviation safety by providing an additional measure of safety to occupants, similar in theory to the role of seatbelts in automobiles. No other certified general aviation aircraft manufacturer in the world provides this safety feature as standard equipment.

In the event of an in-flight emergency, pulling the red CAPS handle on the ceiling inside the cockpit deploys a solid-fuel rocket out a hatch that covers the concealed compartment where the parachute is stored. As the rocket carries the parachute rearward from the back of the airplane, the embedded CAPS airplane harness straps release from the fuselage. Within seconds, the 65' diameter canopy will unfurl, controlling the aircraft rate of descent. The final landing is absorbed by the specialized landing gear, a roll cage and Cirrus Energy Absorbing Technology (CEAT™) seats.

CAPS Saves Lives. Hear Their Stories.

More than Avionics. Much More.

From the moment it debuted in 2008, Cirrus Perspective has been unique in general aviation. Critics and pilots the world over have turned their heads, craning to get a better look at the latest Cirrus marvel. Since then, Cirrus has worked tirelessly to grow the experience of flying.

Now, with Cirrus Perspective, you get a lot more than a newly upgraded avionics platform, you get a fully-integrated aircraft – because you can’t have one without the other. An off-the-shelf product could never give you the same capability, control or safety as a Cirrus equipped with today’s Cirrus Perspective.

Cirrus Perspective is now the industry standard.



Always know who else is around you with active traffic information. Always know where to look when you get that traffic advisory from ATC or your onboard equipment. Pair up traffic maps (two-dimensional view) with SVT (three-dimensional view) and you will have that extra guidance before other aircraft potentially become a concern.


Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT)

Bring the outside in with a three-dimensional representation of the world displayed on your PFD. Know exactly where the terrain is and how it affects your flight path at a glance.


Flight Path Marker and Highway in the Sky

Know at a glance that you are always on course and at altitude. The green flight path marker will tell you where the aircraft is going with consideration of crosswinds and the magenta rectangular pathways will guide you with increased precision en route or on approach.



Fly over varying topography with assurance as the terrain feature in SVT gives you an extra level of awareness. Terrain that potentially conflicts with your flight path is highlighted on the PFD allowing you to make the necessary decisions to ensure a safe and successful flight.



Always be alert during low altitude operations such as takeoff, landing and approach. Obstacles will be clearly displayed on the PFD in three dimensions with cautions and warnings provided regardless of in-flight visibility.


Smart Engine Monitoring

Relax knowing there is another set of eyes watching your engine indications. Cirrus Perspective is closely integrated with the aircraft engine; it continuously monitors and gets your attention when something is not quite right through its annunciation system.


Smart Engine Monitoring

Relax knowing there is another set of eyes watching your engine indications. Cirrus Perspective is closely integrated with the aircraft engine; it continuously monitors and gets your attention when something is not quite right through its annunciation system.


Hypoxia Check and Automated Descent Mode

Never before have avionics integrated your well-being. If key strokes haven’t been made for a certain time dependent on altitude the avionics will ask, “Are you alert?”. If there is no acknowledgement after a few different messages the aircraft will automatically descend to a lower altitude.


Autopilot Stall Protection

Fly in confidence knowing that the autopilot will not stall the aircraft when engaged. The digital GFC700 autopilot is closely integrated into the aircraft which it knows when you are approaching the stall and will adjust your vertical rate accordingly to keep the aircraft from the stall.


Smart Fuel Tracking & Leaning

Fly with comfort, always knowing how much fuel is left in your Cirrus. Also, leaning the turbocharged aircraft is simple. After cruise power is maintained, just pull the mixture back to the blue line and enjoy the flight.


Known Ice Integration

Flying through known icing conditions means needing all information necessary to make informed decisions. Cirrus Perspective is closely integrated with the known ice protection system giving you the information you need such as: 1) Duration and Range with the TKS fluid remaining; 2) Icing forecasts and freezing levels with XM weather; 3) System monitoring that will give you needed information from low fluid quantity to inadequate flow rates to individual panels clearly displayed on the PFD.


Profile View

Get another look at the terrain around you with the profile view on your Multi-Function Display (MFD). Feel comfortable that the altitude selected will be adequate for oncoming terrain. With XM weather enjoy a different look at the winds aloft ensuring that the altitude selected will get you to your destination the quickest.


Cockpit Weather

Never before have you had such comprehensive weather at your fingertips. Through satellite weather services you can get numerous weather products on the MFD: radar, satellite, METARs, TAFs, freezing levels and winds aloft, just to name a few.


Enhanced Vision System (EVS)

Know what is outside the aircraft, even in the dark of night. Using fusion technology that combines both visible and infrared light, EVS outlines terrain features, landmarks, cloud buildups – even ground objects such as parked aircraft, animals or personnel – on the MFD.


Altitude Intercept Arc

Always know where you will reach your desired altitude. The cyan bar clearly labels on the MFD moving map where you desired altitude will be reached so you can adjust your descent or climb accordingly.


Destination Box

Always know the important information: 1) How far you are from the destination; 2) How long it will take to get there; 3) How much fuel will be remaining as soon as you arrive. This information is always shown, regardless of screen selection or what your next waypoint is.


AOPA Airport Directory

Make an unknown airport more familiar with the AOPA airport directory integrated in the MFD. Get the information you need about services available at an airport before landing and make that unplanned stop more enjoyable.



Make an unfamiliar airport feel like your home airport with SafeTaxi. Know where your location is on selected airports in relations to runways, taxiways and ramps.


Electronic Charts

Your approach plates, departure procedures and arrival procedures are all at your fingertips electronically on your MFD. No more flipping through binders of paper charts, just pick your airport and chart needed and its displayed on your MFD.


Electronic Checklists

Go through your checklists with a press of a button. Integrated into your MFD, the electronic checklists are customized for your aircraft model giving you all normal, abnormal and emergency checklists.


Simple User Interface

Inputting flight plans, loading frequencies, knowing where to find the information needed for the flight has never been easier than with Cirrus Perspective. Plus, always improving software means it will only get easier when updates are readily available.


Keyboard Controller

With a well-positioned, full keyboard, inputs are greatly reduced for communication, radio tuning, flight plans, MFD navigation and transponder, giving you more time to focus outside the aircraft. Always at your fingertips, the clever layout coupled with constantly improving user interface software (provided), allows for an intuitive interaction with the avionics to simplify you flying experience.


Autopilot Controls – Close to hand

Changing headings and altitudes during flight has never been easier. These heavily used controls fall close to hand. No need to reach up to the displays to change some of the most used controls.


GFC 700 Autopilot & Dual AHRS

The GFC700 digital autopilot directs integrated smart digital servos to give the ultimate hands-off flying experience. Coupled with dual AHRS (Attitude and Heading Reference System) the second layer of protection will not allow a single failure of any component to disable the PFD and autopilot at the same time.


Blue Level Button

An active safety feature that gives you a time out if momentarily distracted or disorientated. One push of the Blue Lvl Button will tell the autopilot to bring the aircraft to straight and level flight giving you valuable time to think before deciding the next safe flying steps.


Yaw Damper

Practically eliminates the need for the rudder in extended climbs and turns. The yaw damper also gives a smoother ride for everyone on board as the annoying bumps are reduced.


Autopilot Coupled Go-Around

Autopilot coupled go-around makes the missed approach, one of the most demanding phases of flight, easier. The autopilot remains connected and the aircraft automatically pitches up to a normal climb attitude and the missed approach segment is automatically activated. All you have to do is monitor and apply power as necessary.


Electronic Stability and Protection (ESP)

ESP is a highly innovative new technology that addresses both prevention and recovery. ESP passively and unobtrusively corrects unusual flight attitude, assisting without distracting from the flying quality or enjoyment of the flight experience.

Enhanced Vision System

Cirrus EVS – a picture is worth a thousand symbols

At Cirrus, our top priority is safety, so we’re always working to make available to our pilots the best tools to make better, safer, aeronautical decisions. When we saw the tangible benefits of EVS (Enhanced Vision System), we decided to certify and offer EVS as an option for SR22 models sporting the Cirrus Perspective by Garmin integrated flight deck. Based on infrared technology pioneered in the military and law enforcement, EVS sensors allow pilots to see up to three times further through some low-visibility conditions like mist,

rain and the dark of night, giving pilots a real-time, unobstructed and hyper-realistic view of the terrain ahead. For pilots flying precision and non-precision approaches into challenging airports, or identifying clouds while flying VFR at night, EVS advances pilot situational awareness to levels never before realized in a single-engine piston aircraft.

Cirrus Perspective with EVS – precision, security, and safety – in black and white.

Known Ice Protection

For years the Cirrus SR22 has been available with basic ice protection, meant only to buy pilots a bit of time and security while exiting an inadvertent icing encounter. It was never intended to allow pilots to deliberately penetrate visible moisture when icing is known or forecast. Too often, this lack of known icing capability hindered aircraft utility and dispatch rates.

The current Cirrus SR22 and SR22T models are available with Cirrus Factory Known Ice Protection - a TKS based weeping-wing anti-ice system that is equipped and certified for Flight into Known Icing conditions (FIKI).

The minute you activate the robust, FIKI-approved TKS system, you’ll know it’s different from the basic ice protection on non-FIKI aircraft. Cirrus Known Ice Protection is an actual FAA re-certification of the SR22 to permit pilots to legally fly into known icing conditions.

This certification required much more than adding an extra pump and fluid volume to the basic system. When activated, the Cirrus Known Ice Protection system thoroughly and evenly coats flight surfaces, including the vertical stabilizer and elevator tips, with anti-ice fluid. The FIKI-approved system incorporates new elements like a dynamic stall speed indication on the PFD, surface illumination lights with split prisms on either side of the aircraft that illuminate both the wings and horizontal stabilizer in low-light conditions, and backup pumps and filters for fault-tolerant and redundant operation.

With the two small nozzles positioned just below the windscreen, in addition to any fluid slung rearward by the propeller, the pilot is assured of an unobstructed forward view. Endurance for the system, now indicated on the Cirrus Perspective MFD, is increased to 150 minutes at Normal flow rates, 75 minutes when High is selected, and a new, Max rate has been added affording a total of 37.5 minutes of anti-ice capability, in two-minute bursts, during periods of higher accretion.

More importantly all systems are integrated and monitored by the Cirrus Perspective™ by Garmin® cockpit. For example: 1) The duration and range with the TKS fluid remaining is always clearly indicated 2) With XM weather icing forecasts and freezing levels are available 3) Inadequate flow rates or systems malfunctions are discovered and presented as an annunciation on the Primary Flight Display (PFD). All of which gives the pilot the information necessary to make informed decisions on the flight.

Cirrus again delivers increased aircraft safety and utility. With Known Ice Protection on the SR22 and SR22T, pilots can now launch or continue flight with the peace of mind that they’re both legal and safe when icing is forecast or present.

  • Cirrus owners already have an unparalleled appreciation for quality and performance. Xi takes this one step further by making you an integral part of the design team for your dream aircraft. You will develop a personal working relationship with a Xi Specialist, working one on one to tailor your Cirrus to your exact specifications. Xi customers will be invited to join us at Cirrus Headquarters in Duluth, Minnesota. Here you will meet face to face with your Specialist in the Xi Studio to make important design decisions and become a part of the Cirrus culture at work.

  • You will work with your Xi Specialist directly to select all materials and options for your aircraft. With each decision your Cirrus will take form. Your design team will create sketches and send samples to help you with the details that will make this plane yours. From the exterior paint to every stitch in the seats, you will be involved in designing the Cirrus of your dreams.
  • First, choose your base color. This sets the tone for your exterior look - the color option that will determine just how bold your plane will be at first sight - as the base will be the primary color applied to the entire aircraft. Next up are the details that will really set your Cirrus apart on the runway. Accent colors may be added to the fuselage, wingtips, and wheel pants to create that perfect image you've always dreamed of.

  • Cirrus can create any graphic treatment, in any color, size or shape for your Xi to craft an exterior composition tailored to your wishes. Stripes, flourishes - final touches that enhance your aircraft's look and individuality.

Electronic Stability and Protection

Electronic Stability and Protection (ESP) is a highly innovative new technology that address both “prevention” and “recovery”. ESP passively and unobtrusively corrects unusual flight attitudes, assisting without distracting from flying quality or enjoyment of the flight experience.

Key components and features of the Perspective ESP system are:

  • Operates when the Garmin GFC 700 autopilot has been disengaged, when hand flying the aircraft
  • Activates automatically whenever the airplane exceeds one or more flight parameters
  • Uses autopilot servos and sensors, yet operates even when the autopilot is turned off
  • Recognizes and helps correct excessive pitch attitude, roll attitude, or airspeed
  • Augments pilot vigilance: Assists, but does not take control
  • Can be overridden by the pilot at any time
  • Increases corrective pressure as exceedances move beyond safe limits
  • Gently returns the aircraft  flight within normal operating envelope
  • Operates unobtrusively and simulates aircraft’s natural flight stability.

60/40 FlexSeating™

Now Seating 5
The innovative 60/40 FlexSeating gives Cirrus owners a whole new level of utility and versatility. With a wider back seat featuring three over the shoulder seat belts for a fifth passenger and ten more pounds of useful load.

Other new features include:

3-Position Recline
Backseat passengers can select from three positions to maximize travelling comfort.

Child Seat Restraint System
The Cirrus LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) system works just like those found in automobiles for safe and convenient use of child seats. 

60/40 Fold Down Seating
Maximum load utility and versatility for the stuff you’ll need will help you go where you’ve never been before. The rear storage cargo net safely and conveniently keeps your things in place.

Perspective Global Connect™

Now available in 2013 Cirrus aircraft is an unparalleled level of communications technology at your fingertips. 

Giving you an unparalleled level of communication technology at your fingertips, fully integrated into the Cirrus Perspective cockpit: worldwide weather with graphics available on screen, satellite phone through Iridium® Communications to make private or group calls through the cabin headsets and text messaging accessed through the MFD.

Worldwide Weather

Nothing is more important to flying than having full knowledge of the weather. In the 2013 Cirrus, you’ll have access to even more direct information to keep you on top of any situation. Worldwide weather is available at the user’s request and incorporated into the Perspective MFD. Choose from a range of weather products such as METARS, TAFS, Winds Aloft, Temperatures Aloft, SIGMETs, Satellite, Lightning, Radar, PIREPs, NOTAMs and TFRs1.

Click here for more information about Garmin’s weather availability around the world.

1May be limited in some areas.

Satellite Phone 

Iridium Communications technology is integrated into the Cirrus Perspective Audio system to make calls in-flight through the cabin headsets, enabling pilot and passengers to make private or group calls. With this feature, call for a ride or rental car 30 minutes from your destination, make hotel reservations on a weather diversion or confirm a business meeting. Global Connect makes it easy to adjust when things don’t go according to plan.

Text Messaging

Send and receive text messages through the Cirrus Perspective system. Text messages are inputted through the Perspective keyboard and displayed on the MFD screen from wherever you are in the world2.

2Cirrus Aircraft does not recommend the use of text messaging while piloting an aircraft.

Smart Safety

Your safety has been in the forethought of everything we’ve ever done at Cirrus. As the “plane with the parachute,” we’re famous for it.

The key to what Cirrus Perspective adds, however, is multi-layered prevention incorporating both passive features that are nearly transparent during flight and active features that reduce pilot workload. Cirrus is unique in general aviation for offering technology such as digital “smart” servos in the autopilot, ESP, hypoxia check, automatic descent mode and autopilot with underspeed protection and stall prevention.

These are just a few of the many layers of safety that give you and your passengers peace of mind.

Multi-layered Engineered Safety

Active and passive safety features include: