Cirrus Flies Final Vision Test Aircraft
Vision test pilot, Mike Stevens is celebrated with a bucket of snow as Cirrus Aircraft strive to be the first to market with a single-engined personal jet. They took to a chilly sky over their Duluth, Minnesota headquarters for a 20 minute flight with the third and final test version of the Vision SF50 C2 this month.
Cirrus flew the first Williams International FJ33-powered SF50 CO in March which you can watch in the video below and has logged 250 flying hours since. It will eventually be used to test their trademark emergency parachute system. C1 first flew last month and is now doing known icing certification. C2 will test reliability and optional equipment as well as flight standards and training evaluations.
P1, the first production aircraft, will join the program mid to late 2015, leading to certification and service entry of the first of 500 or more SF50s on order. Plans are to deliver three next year. The Vision will sell for $1.96 million.