The first production Cirrus Vision SF50 flies
Cirrus Aircraft has made a new step on the march for type certification of the SF50 Vision Jet and its more than 600 customers who have waited many months for it entering service. This inaugural flight was made on 5 May 2016 by Terry LeSage. After 10 days accumulating flight hours the plane is going to the paint shop. It will go back to flight trials for about a week before it gets its inside outfitting. This plane is more particularly destined for the type qualification of future pilots.
At the most recent Friedrichshafen Aero, last April, Patrick Waddick, Innovation Manager for Cirrus Aviation, announced that FAA certification was expected at the end of June 2016. The full flight test program will total 1700 flight hours. The American aircraft manufacturer plans to produce 50 aircrafts during the first year of production and then ramp up to 125 planes per year. To date, Cirrus must deliver 600 of its new jet. The SF50 price is 2 M$.
While you wait for the SF50 to come to Astonfly you can enjoy the latest 2016 Cirrus SR22 G5 which will be delivered to Toussus le Noble next July.