Cirrus Adds Second Vision Jet Simulator

The new simulator will be used to train current and future SF50 pilots at the Cirrus Aircraft Vision Center.

Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet Simulator

Built by CAE, the simulator is installed and operational. [Courtesy: Cirrus Aircraft]

Cirrus Aircraft has installed a second SF50 Vision Jet flight simulator at its Cirrus Aircraft Vision Center in Knoxville, Tennessee, the company announced on Tuesday. The simulator was built by Canada-based simulator manufacturer CAE.

The FAA-certified Level D Vision Jet simulator is intended for use in the Cirrus’ flight training program as well as to “to serve the company’s expansion plans.” Training activities at the Center include initial type rating and recurrent training for new and pre-owned aircraft owners. While it also provides training for the company’s SR-series, Knoxville is the only location that offers SF50 type ratings.

“Cirrus Aircraft is dedicated to providing world-class flight training and we are continually investing in the Vision Center campus to expand our capacity and offer ultramodern training resources,” said Cirrus Aircraft president of customer experience Todd Simmons.

The Knoxville Vision Center, which has been a Cirrus factory service center since 2016, currently offers an experience center, delivery center, flight training center, factory service center, and flight center with a hangar complex. Cirrus noted that it plans to further expand the campus next year.

Winner of the 2017 Robert J. Collier Trophy, the single-engine Vision Jet features safety systems such as the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS) and Safe Return emergency autoland. The most recent version of the Williams FJ33-5A-powered jet, the G2+, offers a top cruise speed of 311 knots, 1,275 nm range, and 1,350 pound payload. Cirrus reports that the current SF50 fleet is made up of more than 500 aircraft with 1,055 people holding type ratings.

Kate O’Connor is a private pilot, certificated aircraft dispatcher, and graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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