[Avionics Today 12-23-2014] Cirrus completed the first flight of its third and final conforming SF50 single-engine jet. The third test aircraft, C2, completed a 20 minute flight from Duluth International Airport (KDLH). C2 will now join C0 and C1 in FAA flight testing and certification activities, moving Cirrus closer to its goal of certification and first delivery of the SF50 by the end of 2015.
Cirrus Aircraft's Conforming Aircraft C2 of the Vision SF50 jet on its maiden flight at Duluth International Airport. Photo: Cirrus Aircraft.
Cirrus refers to the Vision SF50 as a personal jet capable of seating up to five passengers that is "designed to fill the significant gap between high-performance piston singles and light jets."
"Though this first flight was planned to be brief, C2 flew as predicted and initial handling qualities were confirmed," said Dale Klapmeier, CEO of Cirrus Aircraft. "We are moving forward into 2015 on schedule."
Cirrus currently has over 500 position holders for the Vision SP50.