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Second SF50 prototype join flight tests

The second prototype of Cirrus Vision SF50 personal jet has joined the certification flight test program with a successful first flight on Novemebr 25.
The second certification flight test aircraft, ‘C-One’ (C1), joins C0 in FAA…


The second prototype of Cirrus Vision SF50 personal jet has joined the certification flight test program with a successful first flight on Novemebr 25.
The second certification flight test aircraft, ‘C-One’ (C1), joins C0 in FAA certification activities and continues to accelerate the Vision SF50 towards service entry in 2015.

C1’s first flight took place on Tuesday afternoon, 25 November at approximately 3:30 PM CST from Duluth International Airport. Upon completion of the forty-five minute flight, Experimental Flight Test Pilot Terry LeSage reported, “All systems operated as expected and C1 handled quite nicely, just as we predicted.
Cirrus Aircraft currently plans to have three aircraft dedicated to certification flight-testing. C1 will be used for an array of certification efforts including Flight Into Known Icing (FIKI) testing.

C0, the first certification flight test aircraft, joined the program on 24 March 2014 and has accumulated nearly 220 flight hours over 150 flights.

This aircraft has primarily been used for aerodynamic performance and handling testing and will continue to expand its flight test regime as the program progresses. The third and final flight test aircraft, ‘C-Two’ (C2), will be utilized for reliability testing, optional equipment testing and is expected to join the program in the near future.

The Vision SF50 is a revolutionary personal jet designed to fill the significant gap between high performance piston singles and light jets. Simple to fly and easy to own and operate, the Vision is designed to be a straight forward transition for pilots of high-performance aircraft, such as the Cirrus SR22T.

It features a high-end cruise speed of 300 KTAS, advanced avionics, the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS™) and an all-carbon fiber structure. With a current list price of $1.96 million and seating up to five adults and two smaller passengers in an expansive cabin, Vision Jet sets a new standard in luxury and flexibility for pilots and passengers.

It is powered by a single Williams International FJ33 turbofan with a thrust1800 lbs. The aircraft has a wingspan of 11.70 m, length of 9.42 m, height of 3.20 m, cabin width of 1.56 m and cabin height of 1.24 m.