Cirrus Vision SJ50 Jet Single Makes Public Debut

 - July 31, 2008, 11:36 AM

Yesterday afternoon, Cirrus test pilot Kent Vandergrift flew Cirrus Design’s prototype Vision SJ50 single-engine jet to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., concluding his flight with a high-speed pass and a landing on Runway 27. After the jet was towed to a stage in AeroShell Square, Cirrus founders Alan and Dale Klapmeier congratulated the Cirrus team members who helped make the jet possible. “This takes Cirrus to the next level,” said Alan Klapmeier. “Our goal is to have an airplane we can fly. We’re not trying to build a business jet or a VLJ, just a fan-powered high-performance airplane.” Test pilot Vandergrift said the SJ50 “is a great airplane to fly. She scoots. She is a slick airplane and climbs like a banshee.” Pitch trim change with power adjustments is minimal, he added, and easy to trim out. The SJ50 has flown about 25 hours since the July 3 first flight and as fast as 200 knots. After AirVenture, the envelope will be expanded to 300 knots. The prototype SJ50 is not pressurized and is fitted with a non-production door that is easy to jettison in case of an emergency, as well as a stall-spin chute.