“What an amazing and impactful day for Cirrus Aircraft and the entire aviation and aerospace industry,” said Cirrus Aircraft co-founder, CEO and U.S. National Aviation Hall of Fame member Dale Klapmeier.
The Vision Jet offers a spacious, pilot- and passenger-friendly cabin with expansive windows, reclining seats, and legroom that can accommodate up to five adults and two children. The cabin is complemented by the proprietary Cirrus Perspective Touch by Garmin flight deck, which delivers an array of sophisticated global navigation capabilities and safety features to the pilot at the touch of a finger. Powering the flight-into-known-ice (FIKI)-approved Vision Jet is a single, smart FADEC-controlled Williams International FJ33-5A turbofan engine. The Vision Jet features a strong, lightweight carbon fiber airframe and 300kts + cruise speed.
“The art of innovation is achieving elegance and simplicity while changing people’s lives,” said Patrick Waddick, president of Innovation and Operations. “Not only did our development team deliver on that target, we put an exclamation point on it by designing a highly reliable airplane and going a step further by incorporating the life-saving Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS).”
Vision Jet ownership includes training through the in-house Cirrus Approach type-rating program; service at a new service center in North America and via a network of authorized service centers around the globe; Cirrus Direct parts support availability and logistics; and comprehensive JetStream Ownership Programs designed to deliver predictable operating costs that simplify owning and operating the Vision Jet.
The Vision Center in Knoxville, Tennessee, will be the flagship location for all Cirrus Aircraft Customer Experience activities including sales, delivery, training, maintenance, support, personalization, and fixed-base operations.
Initial customer deliveries of the Vision Jet are scheduled to begin in 2016, with production ramping up throughout 2017. The Vision Jet will be on display at the NBAA Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition, Nov. 1-3 in Orlando, Florida.
All Cirrus aircraft are made in the U.S. with a direct sales force in North America and authorized sales centers covering export markets in 60 countries around the world. Cirrus Aircraft is wholly owned by China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co. Ltd. (CAIGA).
Source: Cirrus Aircraft