Cirrus Vision SF50
To quote the Cirrus brochure: “The Vision SAF50 is the realisation of a vision to re-imagine and reinvent the jet airplane in order to create a whole new category of aircraft – The Personal Jet. It’s a jet that is designed to be flown by the owner.”
Cirrus Aircraft needs no introduction as a go-ahead aircraft manufacturer – its singleengine SR range is proof enough of that having outsold its competitors for the past three years running.
A lot of its success stems from its tradition of ground-breaking carbon fibre technology, which has been applied to the Vision SF50 resulting in an advanced seamless monocoque carbon fuselage that is lighter and stronger making what Cirrus claims to be the “state-of-the-art pressure vessel in its class”.
It is easy to spot the Vision on the ramp – its Williams International FJ33-5A engine developing 1 800 lbs thrust is mounted “piggyback style” between the V-tail giving a novel solution to reducing cabin noise.
It is, to date, the only jet aircraft sporting a parachute safety system. This is dubbed the “Cirrus Airframe Parachute System” (CAPS) which provides an ultimate safety advantage – an exclusive Cirrus technology that has saved over 100 lives in the SR 20 and SR22 piston engine models.
Although having nowhere near the performance of the previously three mentioned corporate jets – remember this is the “Personal Jet’ – the Vision SF50 nevertheless has a speed envelope of between a “flaps down” stalling figure of 67 knots and a maximum cruise of 300 knots.
A big plus for the Vision SF50 is its certification for flight into known icing conditions.
It requires 517 metres for takeoff to clear a 17-metre obstacle and can climb at a stillto- be-announced rate to its maximum cruising altitude of FL280. It requires a landing roll of 525 metres.
In the 1,56 m wide, 1,24 m high cabin, modular seats accommodate a range of passenger seating arrangements for up to five persons, with the easily accessible pilot’s seat also high in the comfort stakes. The cabin also boasts air conditioning with modular control; threepoint crew airbag seatbelts; large tinted windows providing exceptional visibility, a leather interior and 4+ USB power points.
For the single pilot, he or she has everything needed for a safe and comfortable low workload flight.
Features like the side yoke controls, the trade marked Cirrus Perspective Touch by Garmin avionics, Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT) and single lever FADEC engine control creates a fly-safe and relaxed cockpit environment which the company claims, “can only be found in a Cirrus”............................ For the FULL ARTICLE please subscribe to our digital edition.