By Stefaan Ghijs

The Cirrus SR22 is a dream machine for many pilots, combining high performance, safety features like the whole-airplane parachute system, and comfortable seating for your passengers. But when it comes to buying a pre-owned SR22, there are some key considerations to ensure a smooth landing and minimize future turbulence.

Residual Value: A Long-Term Game

While the thrill of owning a Cirrus SR22 is undeniable, remember, this is an investment. Consider how well the specific model you’re eyeing holds its value. Generally, Cirrus SR22s maintain value well, but some factors like the avionics can influence this: the Cirrus Perspective+ by Garmin is the gold standard. While Avidyne-equipped models might have a lower upfront cost, they may be harder to resell later. Also upgrading to a Garmin cockpit might not do the drill.

Turbocharged vs. Naturally Aspirated Cirrus SR22

The allure of a turbocharger is undeniable, especially for high-altitude takeoffs and takeoffs in mountainous environments. However, weigh the benefits of a Cirrus SR22T against the drawbacks:

  • Cost: Turbocharged models are pricier and burn more fuel.
  • Complexity: Turbos add another layer of maintenance to consider.
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Making the Cut: Cirrus SR22 G3 vs. G5

Cirrus has a history of continuous improvement. In 2013, the manufacturer introduced the SR22 G5 (Generation 5) (there was no G4). In 2017 and 2024 the G6 and the G7 where respectively introduced. Hence the G3 model, which was very successful in the second hand market. Its success was quickly bypassed by the G5. It offers the same essential airframe as its predecessor but with upgrades and refinements. Opting for a G5 can ensure you’re getting a more modern and potentially more valuable aircraft.

Beyond the Basics: Hidden SR22 Considerations

Here are some additional points to keep in mind:

  • Air Conditioning: While a desirable amenity, air conditioning systems add weight, which can reduce your maximum payload capacity.
  • Maintenance History: A meticulously maintained aircraft with a complete, accurate, up-to-date and well organized logbook is a safer and more valuable purchase.
  • Pre-Purchase Inspection: Don’t skip a thorough pre-purchase inspection by a qualified mechanic to uncover any hidden issues.
  • Cirrus Transition Training: Cirrus SR22s require specific training. Buying a Cirrus allows for a free embarkation training of a maximum of 3 full days of flight training with an approved CSIP instructor, covered by the Cirrus manufacturer.

By carefully considering these factors, you can navigate the pre-owned Cirrus SR22 market and find the perfect aircraft for your needs and budget. Happy flying!