The Cirrus Vision Jet is progressing toward certification on schedule after the FAA issued the SF50’s Type Inspection Authorization (TIA), marking the start of formal FAA flight evaluations of the single-engine jet’s type design, airworthiness, performance and handling.
The TIA allows Cirrus to begin certification flight tests with an FAA pilot on board, one of the final elements needed for type certification.
Three conforming Vision SF50 prototypes are involved in the certification program, which Cirrus says is on track for completion by the end of the year. Recent successful testing for the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS) in the Vision Jet paves the way for in-flight deployment testing, expected to be carried out this fall. Wing and stabilizer cyclic lifespan and stress testing are currently underway, along with updates to the avionics.
“Our employees and partners are rightfully proud of this accomplishment,” said Pat Waddick, President of Innovation and Operations at Cirrus Aircraft “Our customers and the entire aviation industry should be excited — the Vision Jet is on its way!”
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