More On "the jet" From Cirrus Design
Cirrus Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales John Bingham told AVweb that the name "the jet" derives from this repeated question: "When will you guys be doing the jet?" So the name stuck. Cirrus' jet program was launched in June and yesterday at the NBAA show Cirrus announced that it selected the 1,900-pound-thrust Williams FJ33-4A-19 turbofan, but stopped short of offering details on the jet's configuration. Bingham did confirm that it will have an emergency recovery parachute and retractable gear, fly up to 25,000 feet and cruise at more than 300 knots. He added that the jet will have a "large comfortable cabin," but declined to say how many seats will be installed. No avionics have yet been selected and Bingham noted that "no assumptions should be made that it will be Avidyne." Cirrus plans to certify the jet "as soon as possible," though it's unlikely this will happen before 2010. With delivery of a "grey box" promotional package, the company has started taking orders, and Bingham said Cirrus has received a "substantial" number of deposits.