Cirrus SF50 Certified: First Delivery In December

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Cirrus announced Sunday that its Cirrus SF50 personal jet has been type certified and that deliveries will begin in December. The company made the announcement at a hastily arranged function two days after it received the FAA paperwork and two days before the National Business Aviation Association Convention in Orlando, Florida. CEO Dale Klapmeier told AVweb that the certification of the aircraft is the culmination of a huge effort that General Aviation Manufacturers Association CEO Pete Bunce called "impossible." 

"Well luckily we never believed it was impossible," said Klapmeier. "It was just a lot of work." The project was first announced in 2006 and was suspended for a time while the company dealt with financial and internal issues, but it resumed with an injection of cash from the China Aviation Industry General Aircraft (CAIGA), a subsidiary of Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC). Among the issues Cirrus dealt with was the installation of a full-plane parachute. The FAA determined testing of the parachute system was not necessary for certification, but a video shown at the announcement shows the parachute being deployed from a Cirrus jet in an unmanned test. Expect more details and a video during our coverage of NBAA. In the meantime, here's a video on the jet's production from last year.

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Congratulations to the persistent people of Cirrus. Their SF-50 Vision is no G-650, but I would not hesitate to nominate it for the Collier Trophy. As the first-ever (and for now, the only) true personal jet, the Vision is poised to become the most important light airplane in a generation. Now that it's here, what will Cirrus' 5,000-strong population of pilots do with it? Given its anywhere-in-the-lower-48-in-a-day reach, and its unrivaled comfort, the answer well may be "a lot more than some people think."

Posted by: Tom Yarsley | October 31, 2016 9:51 AM    Report this comment

The SF-50 is no G-650 because while the latter is for those who would rather be passengers (i.e. high ranking corporate VIP's or top-rated entertainers), the former is for successful individuals such as physicians, attorneys, or entrepreneurs who are well-off but like to fly their own planes. Hopefully it will prove successful and hopefully also, we will see improved versions of the SF-50 over the years. We should remember that the Daher-Socata single engine turboprop plane evolved over the years from the TBM 700 to the TBM 850 and then the -900. Piper single engine turboprop planes likewise evolved over the years to the recently-certified M600. So hopefully too, we will see the SF50 evolve as comments and suggestions from owner-pilots and experience in the field accumulate.

Posted by: Alex Kovnat | October 31, 2016 12:11 PM    Report this comment

As an owner of a 2016 SR22T this just makes me even more pleased with my purchase. I saw the part of the factory where these planes are being made and talked to Dale myself about the plane. Let the naysayers and doubters scramble to get on the wait list now....this cements Cirrus as the leader in GA.

Posted by: GBigs Angle | October 31, 2016 12:17 PM    Report this comment

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