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BEST of the BEST 2014 | Wings & Water | Personal Aircraft: Cirrus SR22T

Positioned at the top of the company’s line of piston-powered single-engine aircraft is the turbocharged Cirrus SR22T (800.279.4322, www​.cirrus​aircraft​.com). It can fly nonstop for more than 975 miles and has a top speed of 245 mph. The plane is equipped with the company’s airframe-parachute system, the latest Garmin avionics, ice protection for winter flying (optional), air-conditioning (optional), air bags, and flexible seating that can accommodate as many as five people (including the pilot). For 2014, the SR22T is available with a choice of new exterior colors and paint schemes and interior design accents. Cirrus offers factory flight training through its national instructor network and online. The company can also match an owner who is not a pilot with a personal or corporate pilot and aircraft manager. With the ice-protection and air-conditioning options, an SR22T is priced at about $787,000.