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Cirrus Test Aircraft C1 Achieves Successful First Flight

By Juliet Van Wagenen | December 1, 2014
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[Avionics Today 12-01-2014] Cirrus Aircraft’s second certification flight test aircraft, C1, achieved a successful test flight last week at Duluth International Airport. This achievement marks a significant milestone for the program as C1 joins its predecessor C0 in FAA certification activities and continues to accelerate Cirrus’ Vision SF50 personal jet program towards entry into service.

Cirrus C1 aircraft
Cirrus C1 aircraft. Photo: Cirrus Aircraft

Cirrus Aircraft currently plans to have three aircraft dedicated to certification flight-testing in the Vision SF50 program. C1 is the second aircraft to join the program and will be used for an array of certification efforts including Flight Into Known Icing (FIKI) testing. C0, the first certification flight test aircraft, joined the program in March of this year and has primarily been used for aerodynamic performance and handling testing. The third and final flight test aircraft, C2, will be used for reliability testing, optional equipment testing and is expected to join the program in the near future.

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