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News: Cirrus Prepares SF50 For CAPS Testing

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  1. Cirrus Aircraft Prepares SF50 For CAPS Testing

    The last major hurdle in the testing phases for the Cirrus SF50 program looms. This is the extensive testing of the CAPS system, Cirrus' custom-made parachute system. Test bed aircraft C-1 will be responsible for test and evaluations of the system on the SF50 frame. Once everything goes to plan with testing on C-1, the system will be installed on the other members of the testing program. SF50 product line manager Matthew Bergwall says that they have spent a tremendous amount of time developing the CAPS system for the SF50 so now it is time to confirm everything is working properly in the real world.
  2. “The team has already spent a great deal of time developing the CAPS for the deployment tests will ensure that everything is in full working order,” Bergwall commented. “The CAPS is an integral part of the SF50, as it is with our SR20/22 piston singles,” says Bergwall. This important facet of the airframe is standard on all Cirrus aircraft and is designed to lower the aircraft safely to the ground in the eventuality of loss of control, structural failure or mid-air collision. Noting the importance, the system has saved the lives of more than 100 people since its introduction on the SR20 to date. The SF50 is expected to enter service towards the end of this year. “There are three production aircraft in various stages of assembly,” says Bergwall. “We plan to deliver a small number this year, building up to around 70 in 2016 and 100+ the following year.”

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    Cirrus Design Corporation
    4515 Taylor Circle
    Duluth, MN 55811

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