Cirrus Wins FAA Approval For World’s First Personal Jet
As the world’s top-selling manufacturer of single-engine piston planes, Cirrus Aircraft is known for its high-flying innovation. On Monday, the Duluth-based company announced its latest milestone: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification for its Vision Jet, the world’s first-ever single-engine personal jet.
FAA approval allows Cirrus to begin sales of the aircraft immediate. As of March, the company had already completed 550 orders of the jets, which customers will begin to receive before the end of the year.
“What an amazing and impactful day for Cirrus Aircraft and the entire aviation and aerospace industry,” Cirrus CEO Dale Klapmeier said in a statement. “Just as the SR series of high-performance piston aircraft [made by Cirrus] has forever changed aviation, the impact of the Vision Jet on personal and regional transportation is going to be even more profound.”
Klapmeier added that “never before has a turbine aircraft solution come along that rewrites the rules in so many ways — iconic design, ease of operation, smart economics, simplified ownership and more.”
The Vision Jet stands at about 11 feet tall, 30 feet front-to-back and is large enough to fit five adults and two children. The cabin features Cirrus’ proprietary Perspective Touch flight deck with touch-controlled safety and navigation controls. The jet’s airframe is made from a lightweight carbon fiber, which allows it to reach cruise speeds of over 300 knots, or about 350 miles per hour.
Like other aircraft from the company, the Vision Jet includes the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System. Otherwise known as CAPS, the safety measure has, according to Cirrus, saved 142 lives, including the former CEO of Walmart.
In March, Cirrus broke ground on a $16 million facility at Duluth Airport Industrial Park. The company said it needed the additional space to paint and finish Vision Jets and other aircrafts as customer demand ramped up.
Cirrus said it would be increasing production of both its personal jet and SR-series piston planes in 2017.