Cirrus Too Slow? Turbo Help Is On The Way

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If poking along at 170 knots in your Cirrus SR22 isn't good enough, George Braly, founder of General Aviation Modifications Inc. , home to GAMIjectors, is working on a solution to retain that speed into the higher altitudes for even better true airspeeds. "We have a turbo-normalizer in flight test now that will make the SR22 into a 200-knot airplane," says Braly. (And they may well do better than that.) He's working on getting STC approval from the FAA and finessing the system, which he expects to have ready for market sometime later this year -- hopefully in time for Oshkosh. Braly has years of experience on similar systems, notably for Bonanzas, but says this one has been designed from scratch, with a lot of unique components. "I'm enthused about it," he told AVweb over the weekend. "It will make your SR22 go faster, give it more range, go higher, and do it on less fuel." Braly says the Bonanza system requires about two or three weeks of downtime and costs about $45,000. The Cirrus system will be in that ballpark, he said, probably more expensive but not a whole lot more. The project is being developed along with GAMI's sister company, Tornado Alley Turbo.