In 1998, entrepreneur George Frederick “Rick” Adam and attorney John Knudsen began a journey that few dare to try and even fewer succeed at, launching a new aircraft manufacturing company from scratch and without having previously worked in the aviation manufacturing industry.
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.
L-3 Avionics late last week received TSO and STC approvals from the FAA for its SmartDeck integrated avionics system. The STC was awarded for the Cirrus SR22 G2, and L-3 Avionics said it 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.
Cirrus Design yesterday announced it has partnered with Garmin on a “high-end” cockpit upgrade for the SR22-G3 called Cirrus Perspective. Featuring Garmin’s G1000 synthetic-vision technology, GFC700 autopilot and a control panel designed specially for the Cirrus piston-single, the Perspective cockpit will be available to buyers starting on June 3 at a price of $48,000.
NBAA president Ed Bolen, left, peeked in on Cirrus CEO Alan Klapmeier yesterday as he sat behind the controls of the Minnesota lightplane maker’s single-engine compact business jet, being shown here for the first time at EBACE in full-scale mockup form. Klapmeier’s new jet is an example of a growing crop of very light business and personal jets that are serving as the impetus for a recently announced show to be hosted by NBAA.
Piper Aircraft and Cirrus Design are in a dead heat on the progress of their respective single-engine jet prototypes, and the two airplanes could fly within days of each other. Last month, Piper said its PiperJet prototype would fly in mid-July, while Cirrus hinted that the first example of its jet single could take to the sky in the same time frame.
At the recent Sun ’n’ Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla., Piper Aircraft v-p of sales and marketing Bob Kromer and Cirrus Design CEO Alan Klapmeier told AIN about the progress of their respective single-engine jet prototypes. Both companies’ airplanes are nearly complete and will soon be in the air.