Australia is a big country and its minesites are often remote, making getting from one location to another quite time consuming, especially if you’re having to travel by road or commercial airline.

 

Aiming to tackle this challenge, Cirrus Aircraft designs and manufactures private jets and propeller planes capable of flying between sites.

 

Cirrus Aircraft Regional Director Graham Horne said the planes were the safest general aviation aircraft in the industry, with numerous safety features incorporated into the design of each model, including the Cirrus Aircraft Parachute System (CAPS).

 

“The parachute system is designed to protect occupants in the event of an emergency by lowering the aircraft to the ground after deployment,” Mr Horne said.

 

“CAPS provides 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.”

 

Far from being the traditional tin bucket aircraft that rattle and look a bit dingy on the inside, the ones produced by Cirrus have an interior similar to that of a luxury car, with the inclusion of premium leather seats, air-conditioning and Bluetooth connectivity for music or phone use.

 

“Starting in 2016, Bluetooth audio connectivity was added to the standard aircraft audio panel and the Garmin Flight Stream was incorporated into our aircraft options to offer Bluetooth data connectivity throughout the cabin,” Mr Horne said.

 

In addition to the entertainment benefits of Bluetooth, its inclusion makes life easier for pilots.

 

“Using Garmin Pilot, pilots can wirelessly transfer flight plans between a mobile device and the avionics at the touch of the screen, and display ADS-B weather and traffic, as well as GPS and attitude and heading reference system data on a mobile device,” Mr Horne said.

 

“Cirrus Global Connect is also included and offers live datalink weather, a built-in Iridium satellite phone and text messaging.”

 

With finance options available, purchasing one of the Cirrus models is a simple process and the bonus of buying through Cirrus is the complimentary flight training that comes with each new Cirrus-certified aircraft.

 

This training will prepare owners to safely and proficiently operate their aircraft, according to Mr Horne.

 

“During your purchase process, Cirrus will work with you to coordinate a flight training experience tailored to your flying background, your abilities and your flying mission profile,” he said.

 

Now onto its sixth generation, the Cirrus Aircraft propeller plane is currently available in three different models – the SR20, S22 and 22T. These have a top speed of 395km per hour and have a range of 2100km. These models can comfortably carry four adults and one child and have been approved for take o  and landing on dirt, gravel, grass and hard runway surfaces.

 

For those after a slightly quicker journey, the jet option has just entered its second generation, with a top speed of 575km per hour and the ability to fly for 2400km before needing to be refuelled. The jet has a capacity of five adults and two children.