While not direct contact to the Triad’s Hondajet … it is another small jet aircraft being certified. The Cirrus Vision jet is slower, carries less people, and will not fly at the altitudes of the Hondajet.
“Certifying this kind of plane is a lot of work,” King said. “It’s a clean-sheet aircraft.”
With certification pushed back a few months, a production ramp up also is pushed back. Despite 600 orders for the $1.96 million jet, that delay isn’t necessarily a bad thing. More jet production space is needed at Cirrus’ main plant in Duluth, where its SR-20 and SR-22 series of single-engine piston planes also are assembled.
Cirrus’ Vision jet will fill the gap between high-performance propeller planes and light business jets, creating a new category in general aviation. The single-engine jet, which seats five adults and two children, sports a distinctive V-shaped tail. It is designed for regional travel and personal business use andfeatures advanced technology, avionics and luxury features similar to Cirrus’ piston-powered planes. The jet will reach speeds of more than 300 knots or 345 mph and will be able to fly 1,200 miles before refueling.
Filling the current 600 orders for the Vision jet will take several years. But in the end, the jet’s sales will boost Cirrus’ revenue by a total of $1.2 billion, King said.