Cirrus Vision SF50
(also known as the Vision Jet) "2008"

Role Very light jet
National origin United States
Manufacturer Cirrus Aircraft
First flight First prototype: 3 July 2008
Conforming prototype: 24 March 2014
First production: 5 May 2016
Status In production
Produced December 2016–present
Number built 200 delivered (July 2020

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Cirrus Vision SF50
(also known as the Vision Jet) "2008"

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Cirrus Vision SF50 "2008"

The Cirrus Vision SF50 (also known as the Vision Jet) is a single-engine very light jet designed and produced by Cirrus Aircraft of Duluth, Minnesota, United States.

After receiving deposits starting in 2006, Cirrus unveiled an aircraft mock-up on 28 June 2007 and a prototype on 26 June 2008. It made its maiden flight on 3 July 2008. Development slowed in 2009 due to lack of funding. In 2011 Cirrus was bought by CAIGA, a Chinese enterprise that funded the project a year later. The first conforming prototype subsequently flew on 24 March 2014, followed by two other prototypes that same year. The test flying program resulted in the US Federal Aviation Administration awarding a type certificate on 28 October 2016. Deliveries started on 19 December 2016 and by July 2020, 200 jets had been delivered.

Design

The Vision SF50 is a low-wing cantilever monoplane powered by a single Williams FJ33-4A-19 turbofan, producing 1,900 lbf (8,500 N), mounted above the rear fuselage. It has a V-tail and retractable tricycle landing gear. The design is made entirely of composite material, a first for a production jet. The enclosed cabin is 5.1 ft (1.56 m) wide and 4.1 ft (1.24 m) high. It can seat up to seven occupants. The cockpit, second and third rows each seats two and an extra seat slides between the second and third row, but the third row is only large enough to accommodate children. It has a 300 kn (560 km/h) cruise speed.

Access to the cabin is through a clamshell door on the left hand side of the fuselage. The SF50 is designed for a life limit of 12,000 flight hours. This is not a type certification limit. The SF50 is the first jet to come with a whole-aircraft ballistic parachute, the company’s CAPS, deploying from the aircraft’s nose.

Operators

In July 2008, SATSair, an air taxi company that was 25% owned by Cirrus, ordered five Cirrus Vision SF50s, intending to add them to its fleet of Cirrus SR22 piston aircraft. SATSair subsequently ceased operations on 24 October 2009, prior to taking delivery of any SF50s. Other air taxi operators have expressed an interest in potentially using the Vision SF50 and some industry experts have suggested that the jet could help revive the air taxi industry

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Cirrus Vision SF50 "2008"

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On January 8, 2019, the improved G2 was announced, adding RVSM allowing a ceiling of 31,000 ft (9,400 m) and improving range to over 1,200 nmi (2,200 km), or allowing 150 lb (68 kg) more payload over 800 nmi (1,500 km). It is fitted with an autothrottle, an updated flight deck and upgrades to the aircraft cabin. The cruise speed is increased from 304 to 311 kn (563 to 576 km/h) and its base price is raised to $2.38 million, reaching $2.75 million with options.

Specifications

Crew: one

Capacity: six passengers

Length: 30 ft 11 in (9.42 m)

Wingspan: 38 ft 8 in (11.79 m)

Height: 10 ft 11 in (3.32 m)

Empty weight: 3,550 lb (1,610 kg)

Max payload: 1,328 lb (602 kg)

Powerplant: 1 × Williams FJ33-5A turbofan, 1,846 lbf 

Maximum speed: 311 kn (358 mph, 576 km/h) maximum cruise 

Cruise speed: 305 kn (351 mph, 565 km/h)

Service ceiling: 31,000 ft (9,400 m)

Mach Maximum Operating: Mach 0.53

Takeoff: 621 metres (2,036 ft) roll, 973 metres (3,192 ft) 

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