Cirrus Aircraft’s SF50 Personal Jet Makes Successful Test Flight
Final assembly of production models slated for Duluth, MN; 550 orders booked so far.
The personal aircraft manufacturer Cirrus Aircraft has announced in a press release a successful first flight of certification of its SF50 personal jet. The plane is a seven seat, pressurized, single engine jet made of composite materials. The first flight included systems checks of controllability, maneuverability, flight envelope testing and speed performance at an intermediate altitude.
The SF50 is designed to be simple to fly, own, and operate, the release said. The company stresses that the design is a class between Very Light Jets and piston-engine light airplanes. The plane uses a Williams International FJ33 jet engine, capable of a maximum cruise speed of 300 knots true air speed (KTAS).
Flightglobal reports the aircraft maker’s Chinese owner “has committed $100 million” to bring the Vision to market by 2015. The article also noted that $1.96 million, carbon fiber Vision is equipped with a Garmin G3000 flightdeck and an emergency parachute system. The article also noted Cirrus has secured 550 orders for the Vision to date, each with a $100,000 deposit.
The Prairie Business (Renalls) stressed that this flight test was with the first version of the jet built totally to design and production specifications. “The successful test flight kicks off the beginning of a rigorous 18-month Federal Aviation Administration certification process….Meanwhile, Cirrus is continuing to hire engineers, technicians and designers for its jet program. Of its 700 employees, 200 are with the jet program. More also will be needed as the production nears.”
Published Date : 4/7/2014