World’s First Single-Engine Personal Jet
On the 22nd May 2017, Cirrus Aircraft announced it had received Vision Jet Type Certificate approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and delivered the first aircraft to Europe. EASA also approved single-engine commercial IFR operations in Europe, allowing single-engine turbine airplanes to fly both at night and under Instrument Meteorological Conditions. Vision Jet recently received approval from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) in Australia as well. Vision Jet Type Certificate from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in October of 2016 and its Production Certificate earlier this month. With more than 600 aircraft reserved, deliveries of the Cirrus Vision Jet began in December 2016.
“With the Vision Jet, you can fly further, faster, higher, carrying more people and cargo. That’s what it’s all about.” Dale Klapmeler Co-Founder & CEO
The Vision Jet is the reinvention and creation of a new category of jet aircraft — The Personal Jet — designed to be flown by the owner. By not requiring a full-time professional pilot or a dedicated flight department, the Vision Jet fills the gap between high performance piston aircraft and Very Light Jet.
“The cost of true luxury is the choice it affords.”
Easier to operate and own by being simpler to fly, the Vision Jet makes jet performance accessible to pilots and aircraft owners who, up until now, could only afford propeller aircraft.
For a “mere” $2 Million, this is the most affordable jet aircraft in the world compared with the usual $5 Million in this class; bear in mind that a few manufacturers of small jets have gone bust recently.
Cirrus Aircraft danced with the spectre of bankruptcy after the 2008 global economic crisis and was finally bought by an Aviation Industry Corporation owned be the Government of China in 2011.
Watch Words at Cirrus are: Less work. More joy. More safety.
Cirrus pioneered some leading edge technologies to stake their claims.
Features like side yoke controls, the Cirrus Perspective Touch™ by Garmin® avionics, Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT) and single lever FADEC (full authority digital engine control) let you fly safely and comfortably with confidence and control for single pilot operations. The Electronic Stability & Protection (ESP) system passively and unobtrusively corrects “unusual flight attitudes”. 🙂
What does this all mean?
Doing away with the central yoke or joystick means it is easier to get into the two pilots’ seats and the electronic systems prevent crazy directional commands. The ESP stops you trying to stall or crash the aircraft. At first, the stick shaker gives a little reminder that you are pushing it too far.
If you continue to do so, the Vision jet ignores you and recovers itself out of trouble, having figured out that you’re either incapacitated or a complete idiot!
If all else and your engine fail, you just pull on the BIG RED HANDLE for the CAPS to deploy the parachute. The Cirrus Vision Jet goes nose up and places its belly into the wind to slow the plane quickly. The parachute pops out from the roof and inflates gradually to avoid sudden jerks that may snap the lines. The whole kit and caboodle floats toward the ground, carrying the plane and passengers down gently. Everything and Everyone is Salvageable.
The Cirrus Airframe Parachute System™ (CAPS) provides the ultimate safety net in case of catastrophic failure. This exclusive Cirrus technology has already saved over 120 lives in Cirrus SR20 and SR22 propeller aircraft since 2000.
Cirrus has a tradition of carbon fibre technology and Vision Jet has a seamless monocoque carbon fuselage that is lighter and stronger; it is the state-of-the-art pressure vessel in its class. This strength allows large windows rather than small portholes give passengers panoramic views.
The “piggyback” engine placement and unusual V-tail design to allow exhaust egress between the fins is a novel solution to reduce cabin noise.
Modular seats allow different configurations of the basic five passenger seating arrangements for maximum comfort and flexibility. You can even specify 4-seats rather than be cramped or a 5 adults + 2 children seat arrangement.
Pilots don’t have to be contortionists to get into their seat.
Passengers enjoy automatic pressurization technologies and rear climate controls to assure comfort adjustments from every seat in the aircraft.
The Perspective Touch in the cockpit allows you to see the synoptics as well as checklists, weather radar, moving map, traffic and more, all at once. Everything is accessed by instinctive touch screens.
Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT™) provides a “virtual reality” perspective view of ground and water features as well as obstacles and other air traffic, so you’ll see a realistic visual depiction of flight data. Just follow the “yellow brick road”…well, actually…the red bricks for your flight path around obstacles…
The Smart Loading system for Weight and Balance synoptic pages make it easy to track and balance every gallon of fuel, seat occupied and bags stowed. All aircraft have to be loaded so the centre of gravity falls within safe limits.
Bad weather judgement, uneven loading and poor fuel management are the main causes of aircraft losses in general aviation.
Add the Real-Time Weather Radar display and you’re all set in the Vision Jet.
Here are the specifications for the AlphaLuxe pilots out there!
Maximum Ramp Weight 6040 lbs (2740 kg)
Maximum Takeoff Weight 6000 lbs (2727 kg)
Basic Empty Weight 3572 lbs (1620 kg)
Max Zero Fuel Weight 4900 lbs (2223 kg)
Maximum Usable Fuel 2000 lbs (907 kg)
Engine Manufacturer: Williams International
Thrust: Approximately 1800 lbs
Wingspan 38.7 ft. (11.79 m)
Length 30.7 ft. (9.42 m)
Height 10.9 ft. (3.32 m)
Cabin Width 5.1 ft. (1.56 m)
Cabin Height 4.1 ft. (1.24 m)
Takeoff 2036 ft. (620 m)
Takeoff Over 50 ft Obstacle 3192 ft. (973 m)
Climb Rate Not published yet
Max operating Altitude FL280
Stall Speed with Flaps 67 knots
Max Cruise Speed 300 KTAS
Landing Ground Roll 1628 ft. (496 m)
Range 1200 nm
Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS™)
Cirrus Perspective Touch™ by Garmin® Cockpit
Flight Into Known Ice System
Modular Seating for Five Adults
Air Conditioning with Climate Control
3-Point Crew Airbag Seatbelts
Large Windows for Exceptional Visibility
4+ USB Power Ports
Fits Inside Standard 40 ft. (12.2 m) Hangar
Certified Flight Into Known Ice
Modular Seating for 5 Adults
USB Convenience Power
Single Tone Paint
8000 ft Pressurized Cabin
Stall Recognition Stick Pusher
Perspective Touch™ by Garmin®
3 Axis Digital Autopilot with Blue Level Button
Complete Aircraft Systems Synoptics
Electronic Stability & Protection (ESP)
Dual WAAS GPS/Comm/Nav
Dual AHRS, ADC & Pitot Static
XM Weather® & Audio
Synthetic Vision Technology
Comfort & Flexibility
Modular cabin design with reclining seats and extended legroom – accommodating up to five adults and two children for maximum comfort and flexibility.
The cabin is complemented by the proprietary Cirrus Perspective Touch™ by Garmin® flight deck, which delivers a wide array of highly sophisticated, easy-to-use global navigation capabilities and safety features to the pilot at the touch of a finger.
Automatic pressurization technologies and dual climate controls assure comfort at any altitude and temperature.
Large, strategically placed windows give passengers panoramic views to enjoy.
6th & 7th Third Row Seats
Rear Climate Controls
Xi Customization Options
Perspective Enhanced Traffic (TCAS-1)
Perspective Touch Global Connect
Next Generation Traffic (TIS-B) &
3rd AHRS & ADC
TAWS-B Terrain Warning
Enhanced Vision System (EVS)
Enhanced Real-Time Weather Radar
115V AC Power
Multi-Zone Climate Controls
Wi-Fi Ground Link
Enhanced Interior Lighting
The Vision Jet parts are made at the Cirrus plant in Grand Forks, North Dakota and the fuselage parts assembled in the Duluth, Minnesota factory.
As the world’s first personal jet, the Cirrus Vision Jet is every aviator’s dream.
The advantages of a jet plane with speed and flying above the bad weather or most general aviation traffic are yours for a “reasonable” $2,000,000.
If spec-ed out with all the avionics options, this pocket jet would offer a spectacular experience without the workload.
The certification for single-engine commercial IFR operations Day or Night is a tremendous boost to the “luxury of choice”.
Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)
Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web-zine.
He is also a moderator on PuristSPro.com horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelogue ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘ThePuristS.com’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.
Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications. He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).