I was visiting www.avitop.com yesterday and using the N-number search feature. I was entering N-numbers from planes in my logbook which I had flown in the past. I was curious how they were fairing and where they were now. I entered N200SR. I went to Oshkosh in 1996 and saw the SR 20 for the first time. The Cirrus rep. offered to give me a test flight at my home airport in Texas. When you enter N200SR the search yeilds: SN# 001, Cirrus Design, ENGINE PRATT AND WHITNEY PT6A SERIES 500HP/THRUST, manufactured 1981. Inquiring minds want to know is this information a mistake OR just what is Cirrus up to now.
When you enter N200SR the search yields: SN# 001, Cirrus Design, ENGINE PRATT AND WHITNEY PT6A SERIES 500HP/THRUST, manufactured 1981.
Actually, the FAA records (http://126.96.36.199/acdatabase/acmain.htmhttp://188.8.131.52/acdatabase/acmain.htm) state that the aircraft airworthiness certificate is dated 2/26/1981 — which leads me to suspect that this is an error in the database! (What, the FAA make an error?!?)
No idea if it’s at all related, but remember that Cirrus did design a pusher turboprop for an Israeli company in the mid 90s… that’s the only Cirrus that I know of that would have a turboprop - no idea if it was a PT6.
I suspect that the Pratt and Whitney was on the kit-built, pusher turboprop the VK-50 since the date given was 1981 but a SR-20 with a P and W turboprop is fun to think about.
Here’s a flight report on a turboprop Cirrus: