Cirrus announced on October 31st 2016, at NBAA-Bace 2016 (Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition of the National Business Aviation Association), that they received, the type certificate of the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) for the SF50 Vision, the world's first personal single jet airplane.
Announced in late 2007, the small plane proposed to compete in the newly launched market VLJ (Very Light Jets) offering greater speed at a lower costs.
However, the economic crisis of 2008, coupled with the unexpected challenges in the program delayed the project in a decade. A sequence of changes have been made over the years.
The SF50 is driven by a motor Williams International FJ33-5A, double FADEC which offers 1,840 lbf. The small plane has capacity for up to seven passengers, with a maximum cruising speed of 300 knots, ceiling of 28,000 feet and a maximum range of 1,250 nm.
Another novelty in the Cirrus line is adoption of the Garmin 3000 suite with touch sensitive functions, based on the Cirrus Perspective architecture already used in the SR series, piston single engine airplane.
Currently, Cirrus has ten series aircraft in production line in Duluth, Minnesota. According to the manufacturer, there are already approximately 600 firm orders for the SF50.
Watch a video with Rob Haig, Cirrus Director of Vision Jet Flight Training and Operations: