The Cirrus SR22 GTS is a single-engine, originally four and later five-seat, composite aircraft, built by Cirrus Aircraft starting in 2001. It is a more powerful version of the Cirrus SR20, with a larger wing, higher fuel capacity, and a 310 horsepower (231 kW) engine. It is extremely popular among purchasers of new aircraft and has been the world’s best-selling single-engine, four-seat aircraft for several years. Like the Cessna 400, but unlike most other aircraft in its class, the SR22 has fixed (non-retractable) landing gear. The service ceiling is 17,000 feet, and the cruise speed is a zippy 211 MPH.
All the automation in this luxurious single-engine aircraft is designed to give the pilot more time and attention to focus on situational awareness and navigation.
The aircraft is perhaps best known for being equipped with the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS), an emergency parachute capable of lowering the entire aircraft (and occupants) to the ground in an emergency.