The most publicised feature of this aircraft is its standard parachute recovery system, a first for a production civilian aircraft.
The Cirrus Aircraft Parachute System (CAPS) adaptation of a Ballistic Recovery Systems aircraft parachute provides a survivable parachute landing for dire circumstances such as an engine failure/fuel starvation, structural failure, etc. The parachute should allow a descent at a rate of about 30 feet/second, uncomfortable but safe.
DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7879 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (14 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3448 times:
The Cirrus SR20 and SR22 are the first production aircraft to include a ballistic recovery system from the factory. BRS's are pretty common place these days on ultralights and there is an STC available for Cessna 150/152s as well.
But since the major players in GA (Piper, Cessna, Beech, Mooney, and Socota) being as conservative as they are I wouldn't expect a BRS anytime soon. I don't even think the new Lancair production aircraft offer a BRS.
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