On-demand air-taxi firm SATSair on Tuesday signed a letter of intent with Cirrus Design to add five Cirrus Vision SJ50 jet singles to its fleet. SATSair, which currently operates 26 Cirrus SR22s, will integrate the single-engine jets into its operations–following the SJ50’s expected certification in 2010–as a hybrid to its Southeastern whole-airplane charter network.
Cirrus Vision SF50
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.
Shortly after the first flight of Cirrus Design’s single-engine jet, the company finally revealed the name for what had long been referred to as “The Jet,” now called the Vision SJ50. The first flight took place on July 3.
Duluth, Minn.-based Cirrus Design flew its jet, now called the Vision SJ50, for the first time on July 3. The Williams FJ33-4A-19-powered prototype, under the control of test pilot Tim Berg, lifted off from Duluth International Airport and flew for 45 minutes before landing back at the airport.
The company expected to bring the flying prototype to last month’s EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wis.
Engineers at Duluth, Minn.-based Cirrus Design are still poring over telemetry data from the first flight of the company’s single-engine jet late last week. The Williams FJ33-4A-19-powered SJX prototype, under the control of test pilot Tim Berg, lifted off from Duluth International Airport on Thursday at approximately 10 a.m. and flew for 45 minutes before returning safely to the airport.
Cirrus chairman and CEO Alan Klapmeier says he would like to have the company’s new single-engine (and yet-to-be-named) jet appear at this year’s EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wis., late this month, but he wouldn’t predict when the first flight will take place. Cirrus has placed an Aero Vodochody L-39 jet trainer into service as a chase plane for the flight, which will occur at Cirrus’s headquarters in Duluth, Minn.
Duluth, Minn.-based Cirrus Design rolled out its single-engine jet prototype on Thursday, almost a year to the day after it unveiled a cabin mock-up to customers and the press. The company has started engine and ground runs on the airplane in anticipation of first flight, which could be conducted as early as this month. Dubbed “V1” by Cirrus, the prototype (N280CJ) is registered to “Cirrus Jet Co.,” according to FAA records.
The Cirrus SR22 has been the world’s best selling single-engine aircraft for five years, with more than 3,000 sold to date. But the thought of using the SR22 for charter services is still relatively new.
At the EBACE show in Geneva last week, Cirrus Design’s full-size mockup of its single-engine (and yet-to-be-named) jet enjoyed a prominent spot in Hall 7 next to the long-established business jet manufacturers.
L-3 Avionics received TSO and STC approval from the FAA for its SmartDeck integrated avionics system. The STC was awarded for the Cirrus Design SR22 G2, and L-3 Avionics will offer the STC through authorized dealers for retrofit. According to L-3, SmartDeck includes a display dedicated to flight plan management and communication information, as well as multifunction and primary flight displays.