CIRRUS DESIGN SAYS that it is "very comfortable" with the performance of its new SR-20 light aircraft, following an initial flight just one week before its public debut at Sun'n Fun.

President and designer Alan Klapmeier says that $2,500 deposits are being taken on the $130,000, all-composite, four-seater. "The first flight is really just a general look at handling and stability, but we are very comfortable with the aircraft's performance. The 160kt [300km/h] cruise speed looks good," he says.

Meanwhile, flight-testing of the Cirrus-designed ST-50 business turboprop has been completed in the USA and the prototype is expected to be shipped to Israel in mid-April to complete flight testing. The ST-50 will be certificated, produced and marketed by Israviation of Israel.

Source: Flight International