Friday, April 20, 2012
Full Speed Ahead For The Cirrus Vision Jet
The Vision Jet concept aircraft first flew in 2008. Since then Cirrus' designers and engineers have been working on systems verification and flight envelope testing. Renewed investment from CAIGA infused the jet project with the financial resources CEO, Dale Klapmeier, has been saying are needed to bring the SF50 to the masses. Yesterday's announcement hurries the pace and increases the momentum of the Vision Jet program. Cirrus said they'll immediately hire more engineers, designers and other staff to "ramp up to certification and production."
The fork-tailed jet has been hotly anticipated since its debut. It will continue the design and safety innovation trend Cirrus has become known for, and will be the next logical step for pilots coming from the SR20 and SR22 series of aircraft. Speaking at the announcement, Klapmeier said, "Today is simply a tremendous milestone for Cirrus." He said the new investment provides, "Substantial resources for us to meet and exceed our shared goals as we build an entire family of Cirrus aircraft." The list price for the SF50 is $1.72 million today, but will increase to $1.96 million beginning in July 1, 2012.