Cirrus co-founder and chairman Dale Klapmeier said the company plans to spool up production of its new SF50 Vision single-engine jet to 125 units per year after the aircraft is certified in 2015. Klapmeier said the company is exploring various options to expand its production capacity to meet demand, including the foreign manufacture of components.
Cirrus Vision SF50
Cirrus Aircraft’s first production conforming Vision SF50 very light jet, dubbed “C-Zero” (C0), achieved its maiden flight last month from Duluth International Airport, where the company has its headquarters. V1–a nonconforming SF50 prototype of the all-composite, single-engine jet–has been flying July 3, 2008.
Cirrus Aircraft’s first conforming Vision SF50, dubbed “C-Zero” (C0), made its maiden flight yesterday from Duluth International Airport, where the company has its headquarters. V1–a non-conforming prototype of the all-composite SF50 single-engine jet–has been flying since July 3, 2008. C0, the first of three conforming flight-test aircraft, was assembled from production-ready drawings, tooling and manufacturing processes, according to Cirrus.
With more than 350 Cirrus light single-engine airplanes in service in Brazil, the company’s representative here has embarked on the 2013 Cirrus Road Show to visit potential customers at nine locations in six cities.
According to exclusive representative Sergio Beneditti, the events began in June featuring the SR22 Grand and will continue through late November, in partnership with certain non-aviation entities in the luxury segment–from yachts and marinas to fine automobiles.
Cirrus Aircraft’s Vision SF50 single-engine jet program has made “significant progress” toward certification, the Duluth, Minn.-based aircraft manufacturer said yesterday at EAA AirVenture. First delivery of an SF50 is still scheduled for late 2015, it added.
According to Cirrus, the next steps in the program involve building conforming aircraft for further certification testing (it has been flying a non-conforming prototype since July 2008) and preparing the Cirrus headquarters in Duluth and its manufacturing facility in Grand Forks, N.D., for production.
Cirrus Aircraft is not ruling out making some parts for its new $1.96 million (2010) SF50 single-engine jet in China as a strategy for combating costs.
Cirrus Aircraft remains committed to the single-engine Vision SF50 jet program, and with suspension of the Diamond D-Jet is now the front-runner in the race to bring a single-engine jet to market. Cirrus has hired more than 100 engineers, designers and technicians for the Vision team and is recruiting additional personnel, according to the company. Most recently, Cirrus promoted former executive v-p and COO Pat Waddick to president and COO.
China Aviation Industry General Aircraft (Caiga), a subsidiary of state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (Avic), has started the “trial production” of a prototype for the new business jet it is planning to develop based on the existing Cirrus Vision SF50 design. Caiga acquired U.S.-based Cirrus Industries in 2011.
China Aviation Industry General Aircraft (Caiga) announced sales of 60 Cirrus SR20 and SR22 piston singles to various customers in China today. The deals, signed on the first day of Airshow China 2012, bring the to-date total number of Cirrus sales in China to more than 100, according to Paul Fiduccia, Cirrus Aircraft executive director for government affairs and international cooperation. Caiga owns U.S.-based Cirrus.
Three grassroots general aviation business owners told Congress last month that user fees in any form would be “devastating” to the general aviation community. At a hearing called by the House Small Business Committee, the trio blasted President Obama’s call for a $100 per-flight fee for turbine-powered fixed-wing aircraft.
“The costs associated with user fees far outweigh any benefit to deficit reduction,” said National Air Transportation Association (NATA) treasurer Marian Epps, whose family operates Epps Aviation in Atlanta.
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