Cirrus Aircraft looks set to be the first airframer to bring a personal jet to market, following the successful first flight of its Vision SF50 on Monday. Certification aircraft C-Zero (C0), took-off from Cirrus’ base in Duluth, Minn., at around 5 p.m. local time for a one-hour sortie.
“The Vision Jet handled and performed very well and all systems functioned properly,” says the airframer. The evaluation covered the Vision’s “controllability, manoeuverability and speed performance at an intermediate altitude,” it continues.
C0 is the first of three conforming flight test aircraft. C-One and C-Two are scheduled to enter service this year and will be used for systems verification and parachute testing, respectively. An earlier configuration technology demonstrator, dubbed V1, has accumulated around 800 flying hours and 1,000 engine runs since it was built in 2008.
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