Cirrus Design on Monday at EAA AirVenture announced a partnership with Fk Lightplanes of Speyer, Germany to produce the Cirrus SRS (or SR Sport) light sport aircraft. According to Duluth, Minn.-based Cirrus, the SRS will be an extension of the company's current product line for people who would like a Cirrus but are more interested in sporty, recreational or entry-level missions. Cirrus said the all-composite SRS will be equipped with the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System and glass avionics (system to be determined). First deliveries are expected next summer, but the pricing has not yet been firmed up but should be in the neighborhood of $100,000. "For years we have talked about how we, as an industry, needed to introduce more people to flying," said Cirrus Chairman and CEO Alan Klapmeier. "The SRS is yet another example of [us] providing a high customer value product that is easier to fly, more comfortable, loaded with safety features – all at an extremely affordable cost." The company said the SRS is based on the Fk14 Polaris, which is "the best in class."
Cirrus is donating the first production SRS to the EAA Young Eagles, and the airplane will be auctioned off on Thursday night at the Young Eagles dinner at AirVenture, with the proceeds benefiting the young pilot outreach program.