Suppliers, Orders Grow for Cirrus Vision Jet
Cirrus Aircraft’s SF50 Vision single-engine jet program is “making good progress,” according to president and CEO Brent Wouters, who spoke during a Web presentation yesterday for Vision position holders. Cirrus has spent $64 million so far on the program and will spend an equal amount to see the program through certification. The Duluth, Minn.-based company needs to raise money this year so that it can build conforming prototypes next year, followed by certification 18 months after the first prototypes are built, Wouters said. Detail design work on the Vision jet continues, and engineers have finalized the engine placement relative to the fuselage. The unpressurized prototype has logged more than 270 hours, including recent natural ice testing and flights to 28,000 feet. Cirrus filed a type certificate application with the FAA in September 2008 and is well under way to establishing the jet’s certification basis. Cirrus holds orders for 431 of the Vision, 106 of which were added in the past six months. “Our goal is to fulfill the vision of the Vision jet and get it to market as quickly as possible,” said Cirrus chairman Dale Klapmeier.