From today’s Avweb Oshkosh news:
CLEAR SKIES WITH INCREASING CIRRUS… Yesterday morning, Cirrus Design President Alan Klapmeier announced that production of the SR22 had practically reached one per day and the 67th SR22 (the 200th Cirrus delivered to a customer) would be in the hands of its new owner this week. While some 650 aircraft wait to be delivered, those waiting for the SR20 will now be getting an SR20A. Production of the SR20 had been halted to add the “A” and the refinements that come with it. Plus, to help more pilots get into the air in a Cirrus, the company is partnering with AirShares Elite, a fractional-ownership-for- GA outfit that offers a quarter share of an SR22 for $50,000, plus a $575 monthly maintenance fee … plus $55 an hour. It may sound expensive, but you get some of that $50,000 back by reselling the plane at the end of the four-year term.
…AS SR22 FLIES IN FRACTIONAL OWNERSHIP Keeping his company and aircraft at the forefront of the GA light-plane industry, Klapmeier is eager to embrace new technologies as they arrive, including FADEC and diesel power … just as soon as manufacturers can certify them. While the timeline for those are still floating somewhere between “We don’t know” and “Good luck,” the fractional ownership program is available now. AirShares Elite offers to able-walleted pilots online scheduling, and at the airport they will find the airplane pulled out, shined, stocked with amenities of their personal preference, and ready to go. Able-walleted nonpilots can also have a pilot ferry them to their destination and back. Clearly, Cirrus and AirShares hope the concept will spread to the corporate/executive crowd as the best new way from here to there on your schedule … and on time.