|Cirrus is offering a limited number of Generation 5 SR22s with finishes inspired by its SF50 Vision Jet. (photo by Randy Dufault)
By Randy Dufault
July 29, 2013 - The timeline for the SF50 Vision Jet presented by Cirrus President and COO Pat Waddick Monday shows the first customer deliveries of the craft occurring before the end of 2015.
Work is now underway building production components that will be assembled into three conforming aircraft. Those airplanes will prove out the flight characteristics and systems for production versions, and the first is expected to fly in the first quarter of next year.
Key to the jet's production is a number of new technologies Cirrus has acquired at its Duluth, Minnesota, and Grand Forks, North Dakota, manufacturing facilities. Those include massive fuselage lay-up molds, an autoclave oven, and a robotic seven-axis trim and drill station.
"Investments like these ensure excellent quality, maximum efficiency, and repeatability in the manufacturing process" Waddick said.
Cirrus also announced the selection of the SR22 as the pilot training aircraft for the Royal Saudi Air Force. Saudi Arabia represents the third national air force to select SR series aircraft as trainers. Cirrus CEO and co-founder Dale Klapmeier, who is attending his 30th consecutive Oshkosh, called the airplane one of the most popular training aircraft in the world now.
The Cirrus Vision Jet verification vehicle will arrive here during the Tuesday afternoon air show and will be on display on Phillips 66 Plaza.