US general aviation fractional-ownership operator Plane­Smart Aviation is to upgrade its Cirrus SR22s to the latest G3 Turbo model.

The turbo-normalised engine will increase speed and improve safety, says the Dallas, Texas-based company.

"We would have had turbo in our SR22-G2s, but turbo and air were not available together and in Texas you need air conditioning," says PlaneSmart, which manages five SR22s for 30 share owners. The G3 Turbo has a higher cruise speed - 200kt (370km/h) versus 175kt - a longer range, and can climb more easily over weather and mountains, Plane­Smart says.

PlaneSmart has bases in Austin and Dallas, and is adding locations in Houston and San Antonio and "points out west for early 2008", says the company.

Source: Flight International