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Cirrus SR20
Cirrus SR-20 - Noord Nederlandse Aero Club - PH-PTS
Cirrus SR20
PH-PTS (cn 1418)
Noord Nederlandse Aero Club
Photo taken July 13, 2007
Groningen Eelde Airport, Netherlands (GRQ / EHGG)
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Ron Baak, The Netherlands
Cirrus SR20 - N269CD - Single Engine Aircraft - Renton Airport USA (RNT/KRNT)
2002 Cirrus SR20
N269CD (cn 1204)
Photo taken July 13, 2007
Renton Muni. Airport, WA USA (RNT / KRNT)
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Cirrus SR20 Airplane XB-XTX - Cockpit View - Toluca Airport (TLC/MMTO) Mexico
Cirrus SR-20
Nice cockpit view of XB-XTX
Photo taken April 04, 2007
Toluca Licenciado Adolfo Lopez Mateos International Airport, Mexico (TLC / MMTO)
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Luis Tena Orozco - AeroImagenes de Mexico
Cirrus SR20 - Adelaide Flight Training Centre - VH-TCU
Cirrus SR-20
VH-TCU (cn 1850)
Adelaide Flight Training Centre
Photo taken April 2008
Adelaide Parafield Airport, South Australia (YPPF)
Photo Copyright & Thanks to
Andrei Bezmylov

The Cirrus Design SR20 is a piston engine composite monoplane that seats four. The SR20 is noted for being the first production general aviation aircraft equipped with a parachute for spin recovery.


The SR20 was certified by the FAA on 23 October 1998. Hundreds of SR20s have been sold since the first was delivered in 1999. As of December 2006 over 2000 Cirrus aircraft had been delivered.

One of the major selling points for the SR20 is that it has a fully digital avionics suite with one 10-inch Avidyne FlightMax primary flight display and one multi-function display. A pair of Garmin GNS430s provide GPS navigation, conventional radio navigation, and radio communications.

The SR20, like the faster SR22, is equipped with the Ballistic Recovery Systems Cirrus Aircraft Parachute System, a large parachute which can be deployed in an emergency to lower the entire aircraft to the ground safely.

On 1 June 2004, the SR20 became the first aircraft to achieve the new European Aviation Safety Agency certificate for aircraft imported into the European Union.

SR20 G3 Model

In 2007 Cirrus introduced an updated model of the SR20 that incorporates changes from the SR22 G3 airframe, including installing the new lighter SR22 wing which has a greater wing area than the previous SR20 wing. The installation of the larger wing increased the SR20's cruise speed by 6–7 knots (11–13 km/h).

This improved model is called the SR20 G3 for "Generation 3". The new model includes:
- A lighter wing of greater area, incorporating a carbon-fiber spar
- Increased useful load by 50 pounds (23 kg) by increasing the take-off weight to 3,050 pounds (1,380 kg)
- Increased fuel capacity to 56 US gallons (212 l) using a wet wing
- Re-designed main landing gear that is 2 inches (5 cm) taller giving greater propeller and tail clearance
- New recognition lights using LEDs
- Improved aircraft handling, due to increased dihedral
- Improved aerodynamics, including new wing root fairings
- Improved heat and ventilation
- Dual-redundant GPS WAAS-certified Garmin GNS 430W comm-navigators (they include a VHF radio and a VOR device)
- S-Tec Autopilot

SRV model

The Cirrus SRV is a VFR-only version of the SR20 that is optimized for the low-end private ownership and flight training market. As such it omits some standard equipment available on the SR20 such as wheel fairings.

For 2008 the SRV model has also been updated to G3 configuration, with the SR22 wing.

Aircraft type club

The Cirrus aircraft are supported by an active aircraft type club, the Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association (COPA).


United States
- Western Michigan University College of Aviation - 22
- Delta Connection Academy - 34
- Purdue University - 16 on order for delivery in the spring of 2010

- Lund University School of Aviation - 5

Accidents and safety

Despite the parachute system, there have been a number of accidents resulting in fatalities when the parachute either did not deploy correctly or deployed too late.

In the October 11, 2006 New York City plane crash, an SR20 owned by New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle crashed into a mixed-use high-rise in New York City's Upper East Side neighborhood, on the west bank of the East River. Lidle and his flight instructor, Tyler Stanger, were killed.

As of 2 February 2007, 16 people have died in SR20 accidents.

Specifications (Cirrus SR20-G3)

General characteristics
Crew: one
Capacity: three passengers
Length: 26 ft 0 in (7.92 m)
Wingspan: 38 ft 4 in (11.68 m)
Height: 8 ft 11 in (2.71 m)
Wing area: 144.9 ft² (13.71 m²)
Airfoil: Roncz
Empty weight: 2080 lb (945 kg)
Loaded weight: 3050 lb (1386 kg)
Useful load: 970 lb (441 kg)
Max takeoff weight: 3050 lb (1386 kg)
Powerplant: 1× Continental IO-360-ES, 200 hp (149 kW)

Cruise speed: 155 knots (288 km/h)
Range: 785 nautical miles (1454 km)
Rate of climb: 828 ft/min (4.2 m/s)
Wing loading: 21.0 lb/ft² (101 kg/m²)
Power/mass: 15.25 lb/hp (0.108 kW/kg)

Last updated March 12, 2010
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