The result is Cirrus Perspective (by Garmin). Perspective uses Garmin technology in ways just not possible in off-the-shelf products (G600, G1000 through G5000, etc.) Cirrus and Garmin, together, have developed possibly the best integrated cockpit in general aviation.
Garmin’s innovative Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT) is a valuable addition to the avionics in any general aviation airplane. But the Perspective 12-inch screens changes the whole way you look at it – “Bring the Outside In.”
Looking at Garmin technology in new ways like this is what’s different about Perspective.
In a similar vein, Cirrus required an autopilot controller that introduces a “LVL” or Level button to help address spatial disorientation.
Everyone gets confused occasionally in the air (those that have and those that will?) and the history of aviation is rife with accidents caused by disorientation. Urban lore suggests a common expression in modern automated airliners is, “What’s it doing now?”
Press the LVL button – doesn’t matter if the autopilot is already on or not – and the plane will roll level and hold altitude. If the world doesn’t get better quickly Cirrus still offers CAPS, the parachute.
Night operations have their own challenges and Cirrus also offers Perspective EVS. Enhanced Vision Systems use infra-red sensors to see in the dark. Perspective EVS goes a step further and uses two sensors – a traditional infra-red sensor and a “near infra-red” sensor that can detect runway and other lights. The combination blended image is superior to either one can be alone.
Perspective EVS is obviously valuable for seeing terrain and runways when approaching an airport. It is also invaluable en-route to avoid penetrating convective clouds or entering icing conditions at night.
Perspective integrates you, the pilot, and the airplane into the avionics equation: Have Ice Protection – basic or the “Flight Into Known Icing” (FIKI) option? Fluid levels are displayed and you are alerted when levels run low; Same with fuel (alerts for fuel levels in each tank); Oxygen flow and level are monitored; you are even advised when outside temperatures suggest the use of pitot heat.
Despite all this innovation Perspective clearly fits in to the Cirrus Cockpit Principles and visibly reaches back to the earliest instrument panels in Cirrus airplanes from 1999.
What’s different though is also important:
Cirrus Perspective stands alone as a Cirrus cockpit developed collaboratively with Garmin. Compare.
CIRRUS PERSPECTIVE AUTOPILOT CONTROLLER