Cirrus Aircraft has revealed the Limited Edition Vision Jet (SF50) to commemorate 500 deliveries of the world's first single engine personal jet.
"With the delivery of the 500th Vision Jet, Cirrus Aircraft celebrates the marketplace success of a category-defining aircraft," says CEO Zean Nielsen. "The Vision Jet is the only jet that features advanced innovations like the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS), Safe Return Autoland, wi-fi, Cirrus IQ and Auto Radar along with a suite of other safety, comfort and convenience features. Cirrus Aircraft makes aviation more accessible with the G2+ Vision Jet's best-in-class performance and low operating cost."
The 500th Vision Jet delivery is confirmation of the SF50's breakthrough success supported by its expanding ecosystem of concierge solutions that make ownership straightforward and offer inflight connectivity, aircraft management, progressive maintenance and a global support network.
The Vision Jet claims the capabilities and comforts that can achieve many of the missions that larger corporate jets do at a significantly smaller operating cost, making it the ideal supplement to every corporate fleet. It adds flexibility for short regional and longer cross-country missions with lower fuel burn due to its innovative single-engine and V-tail design. All Vision Jets can be powered by SAF fuel as well. According to Conklin & De Decker, the Vision Jet has the lowest CO2 emissions rate compared to all general and business aviation jets.
Cirrus Aircraft offers an entire ecosystem of owner support services for Vision Jet owners. For example, JetStream simplifies ownership by setting a predictable cost of ownership and is inclusive of a range of services from recurrent training to subscriptions (Jeppesen Charts, Sirius XM Weather, Garmin Connext) to maintenance coverage. Cirrus offers progressive inspections for aircraft operating over 400 hours per year, which help reduce the operating cost per hour and minimise downtime compared to routine FAA 100-hour requirements.
Five Limited Edition Vision Jet liveries were created by Cirrus Aircraft's Xi Design team to celebrate this industry milestone, all inspired by the jet's unique design and bold colourways. Owners chose from five exterior colour options to complement the Obsidian Black and Vision Blue paint. Energetic graphic lines accentuate the movement and motion of the design on the exterior. All commemorative aircraft are embellished with 500th Limited Edition branding throughout.
The interior features blues, greys and carbon fibre. The crew seats are heathered grey Alcantara capped by a leather shoulder and headrest featuring an embroidered 500th edition emblem. The centre of the seat is a cascade of diamond-patterned leather with stylistic perforations.
After the initial release of the Vision Jet in 2016, the first major evolution was the introduction of the Generation 2 (G2) Vision Jet in 2019, which included RVSM certification, enabling the aircraft to attain a maximum altitude of 31,000ft (FL310). This increase in altitude brought with it more speed and better efficiency. The G2 also acquired an autothrottle and engineering improvements, providing 200 lbs of additional payload.
In 2020, Safe Return Autoland was introduced. Based on the Garmin Autoland system, the Vision Jet was the first jet aircraft to receive and certify this safety feature.
In 2021, the G2+ Vision Jet was introduced with up to a 25 per cent increase in take off performance and wi-fi. The G2+ Vision Jet enables convenient regional travel by unlocking 40 per cent more airports than previous generations when fully loaded on a hot day.
In 2023, Cirrus Aircraft introduced Cirrus IQ and Garmin's Auto Radar, providing pilots with increased situational awareness and connectivity during all stages of pre-flight and inflight activities.
Cirrus Aircraft has a long legacy of innovating and is the two-time partnering recipient of the prestigious Robert J Collier Trophy for the inclusion of the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System and Autoland on the Vision Jet.