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Cirrus Announces Turbo-Diesel Powered Design
Thursday, at the AERO exhibition in Friedrichshafen, Germany, Cirrus Design Corp. and SMA, manufacturer of the SR-305 turbo-diesel engine, announced plans to develop a new diesel-powered aircraft, currently known as the SR21tdi. SMA, based near Paris, France, develops diesel engines for the aerospace industry. Detailed specifications about the aircraft/powerplant combination will not be available for a few months, but the new aircraft will be a derivative of the popular SR22 and should keep pace with a standard Cirrus SR22. Like the SR22, Cirrus says you can expect their new aircraft to see 170 knots at 12,000 feet, but burn less fuel (Jet-A, at that) and be available exclusively for Cirrus’ European customers. Ouch! “Along with the, unfortunately somewhat protracted discussions with JAA and other authorities, this is one more step towards satisfying customer needs in Europe and elsewhere,” said Cirrus President Alan Klapmeier. Position reservations are already being taken for the new aircraft, with first deliveries expected to reach customers in 2002. Cirrus is already an arguably revolutionary entrant into the certified production aircraft market and largely responsible for bringing ballistic parachute recovery systems to general aviation in the form of their Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS). So far, they’ve delivered more than 150 brand-new, certified, CAPS-equipped, composite four-seaters and the current order list puts at least 650 more in line behind them.