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About Andy

Andy Hartel is the Sales Manager for Cirrus Sunshine Coast for the area covering Northern NSW, Queensland and Northern Territory. Andy has been involved in aviation since 1981 and has accrued around 4,000 hours flight time. He holds a Grade One Instructor Rating and is a Cirrus Standardised Cirrus Instructor Pilot (CSIP).

In aviation, technical details don’t always convey how impressive something can be. Think the Rolls Royce Merlin engine powering the Spitfire. No words can accurately describe that sound. It’s the same with the 2016 version of the world’s biggest selling single engine aircraft for the last 12 years, the Cirrus SR22. No red blooded pilot […]

Welcome home Lachie! Sunshine Coast teenager Lachlan Smart created history this morning when he touched down at Maroochydore Airport, becoming the youngest person to ever complete a solo circumnavigation of the world in a single engine aircraft. Smart departed the same airport on the Sunshine Coast on July 4 this year and stopped in 24 […]

18 year old Lachlan Smart is well on the way to breaking the current record for being the youngest person to fly solo around the world and he’s doing it in a Cirrus. Sunshine Coast teenager Lachlan Smart landed safely in Hollister, California following an epic flight of over 13 hours from Hilo, Hawaii, the longest leg […]

Vas Srinivasan knew he needed to find a better way to get his staff and equipment between his orthodontist practices at Maroochydore and Hervey Bay and chose a Cirrus SR22 to do the job. He decided that the travel was too much for him and his staff, purchased the aeroplane and obtained the assistance of […]

A private plane is often seen as the ultimate luxury item – the sort of lifestyle accessory reserved exclusively for the rich and famous. But while private aircraft, including helicopters, are certainly big-ticket items, it’s not just the jet set who see the sense in having their own set of wings. Graham Horne, Regional Director […]

In the past aviation finance has been difficult to obtain, often due to a lack of understanding. Many financiers withdrew from aviation during the GFC, never to return to the industry. Colin White, an aviation finance specialist working with the company Interlease, explains some options: There are 3 general ways to finance aircraft assets; Cash, […]

Pressurisation for the Vision Jet is an integrated system, automatically controlled through the Perspective Touch avionics. It works behind the scenes to keep the cabin, crew, and passengers safe and comfortable at all times…. The Cabin Pressurisation Control System (CPCS) maintains cabin air pressure at a scheduled pressure level by using conditioned bleed air from […]

Cirrus Aircraft has received FAA approval for customers to install external cameras, sensors, and communications equipment on the Cirrus G5. The equipment can be aimed at a variety of applications, including Aerial surveys Aerial photography Air sampling All-weather transport Disaster support Drug interdiction Geothermic surveys Military pilot training Pipeline patrol Traffic enforcement and studies VIP […]

It’s been a long time coming, but hearty congratulations from the Cirrus team to Adam Starr of Flight One at Archerfield, for being the very first in Australia to earn his Platinum CSIP accreditation. CSIP stands for Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot – which means that an instructor with this accreditation has been trained and regularly audited by […]

18 year old Lachlan Smart is attempting to be the youngest person to fly solo around the world and the aircraft he will be using is a Cirrus. Recently, Lachlan was interviewed on on Channel 9’s The Today Show and on Nine News. Click on the link to watch the Today Show story. Click here […]

The first production Vision Jet has completed its inaugural flight in Duluth. Test pilot Terry LeSage reported just what we hoped to hear: “Pilot feedback on P1 is simple; the aircraft handled just great. It was unnoticeably different from C2 (the third of our conforming test-article jets), with handling qualities matching those of its predecessors […]

I recently travelled to Cirrus Design USA manufacturing headquarters in Duluth, Minnesota to take collection of a new SR20. Situated on the edge of Lake Superior, Duluth in winter is snow covered with temperatures hovering around -2C to -15C most days. After the 40 hour journey from Perth’s summer – it’s a shock to the senses taking that […]

As the first month of 2016 comes to a close, we know many of you are eager to hear about the progression of the Vision Jet toward certification. We’ve been operating a busy schedule and have been checking a lot of important items off the list. Some of the recent significant accomplishments are as follows: […]

New for 2016 are a number of exciting changes which even further enhance the flying experience and feeling of luxury and convenience for pilots and their passengers when they are in the Cirrus. Leather seats and tinted windows are now a standard feature in all aircraft. The front seats have been redesigned to be even […]

Duluth, Minn. (21 January 2016) – Cirrus Aircraft today announced the debut of their latest innovation in flight training – the Interactive Flight Operations Manual (iFOM). The iFOM is a multi-touch iBook designed for use on the iPhone, iPad and Apple® computer platforms, providing pilots personalized mobile access to SR20, SR22 and SR22T flight procedures, […]

Ride along with Rob Haig, Cirrus Director of Vision Jet Flight Training and Operations, in one of our prototype flight test aircraft. Walk with him through pre-flight before taking off for a beautiful flight over Duluth, Minnesota where you’ll witness the new Perspective Touch flight deck at work and will get a sense of how […]

Dubai’s Emirates Airlines’ training academy has agreed to order 22 piston single engine Cirrus SR22’s. The aircraft, which will be delivered starting in 2017, will be used by cadet pilots as they train to become fully-qualified commercial pilots for Emirates. This order will allow Emirates Flight Training Academy cadet pilots to receive, for the first […]

The sight of an airplane underneath a parachute got a lot of attention at Fayetteville, Oklahoma, USA earlier today, and so did the crash landing; partly because the pilot was the former U.S. CEO of Walmart, and also because all three men on board only sustained very minor injuries. Tweet

Tim Buchman was on a “flying hiatus” before he met Cirrus Regional Sales Director Jonathan Sweatman at an open house event. Hearing all about Cirrus innovation sparked his interest, so, of course, Tim had to check out this revolutionary aircraft for himself. “Two things put that airplane into my family’s hands. My wife makes all […]

Mike Neil started slow and steady with aviation and took his time becoming a pilot. He wanted to make sure he would be safe in the air. Mike was in no hurry to fly – until he flew in a Cirrus. “I began to use a Share Plus program. I bought a share of an SR22, and immediately, I ended […]

On the weekend of the 12th September, 36 Cirrus aircraft converged on Hamilton Island for the bi-annual Cirrus Life convention. The Cirrus Life event placed a big focus on training, improvement and learning. For two days, seminars were offered on engine maintenance and management, avionics, flight planning and advanced handling techniques. Specialist mentors were on hand […]

Ryan Fiorini jokes, but his wife has some valid regrets about giving her husband a Cirrus Discovery Flight for his birthday – saying that gift was the most expensive $99 ever spent! That birthday present led to a pilots license, instrument rating and the purchase of a brand new SR22. “Once I took that flight, […]

We are at the Oshkosh airshow in the USA, which is Cirrus Aircraft’s biggest event. Attended the kick off party last night with 1100 other Cirrus owners, staff and supporters. What a night, with some big stars and a surprise showing of the Vision Jet stole the night.

Duluth, Minn. (15 JUNE 2015) – Cirrus Aircraft today announced its latest significant milestone: the customer delivery of its 6,000th new airplane. The accomplishment comes just 16 years after the company delivered its first production aircraft and on the heels of a strong 2014 performance where the SR-series of aircraft maintained its position as the best-selling four/five-place aircraft […]

Cirrus Sunshine Coast was proud to deliver today a new SR 20 aircraft to Flight One at Archerfield. The Cirrus with it’s state of the art glass cockpit and numerous safety features will be an excellent addition to their training fleet.

Duluth, MN and Knoxville, TN (6 May 2015) – In a special ceremony today at McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville, Tennessee, Cirrus Aircraft Co-Founder and CEO Dale Klapmeier joined Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam in announcing the expansion of Cirrus Aircraft to Knoxville with its new Cirrus Customer Experience Center, called the ‘Vision Center.’ The Vision Center will become […]