Cirrus 'The-Jet' Designed For Pilot Owners
A side view of "the-jet." Photo: Jim Koepnick
Alan Klapmeier talks about "the-jet." Photo: Jim Koepnick
"The-jet" from Cirrus Design Corp.
EAA President Tom Poberezny sits in the cockpit of "the-jet" mockup.
June 28, 2007 —Cirrus Design Corporation unveiled a mock-up of its much anticipated "the-jet" at a special ceremony held Thursday at the company?s headquarters in Duluth, Minnesota. Calling the single-engine aircraft a ?personal jet? and a natural extension of the company?s SR22 line, co-founder Alan Klapmeier said, ?'The-jet' is designed to be owner-flown and it will be loaded with innovative features, including the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System. While it's technologically advanced, it's designed to be exceptionally easy to fly, offering customers the opportunity to grow into yet another lifestyle change with Cirrus."
EAA President Tom Poberezny was in attendance and had these reactions:
"From my perspective they've met their goals. I had a chance to sit in the cockpit, as well as the rear seats. It's very comfortable, very spacious, very open, and very passenger- and pilot-friendly."
At the unveiling, Klapmeier stressed that no specifications have been established and the company has not yet set a production timetable yet. However, there are some targets they're aiming for, including: speed of 300 knots at 25,000 feet mean sea level; room for up to seven people; and priced between $1 million and $1.2 million. The airplane will reportedly have rotation, take-off, approach and landing speeds similar to those of a modern piston airplane.
Co-founder Dale Klapmeier emphasized, "The goal of today was to educate people on what our vision of a true personal jet is. The-jet is designed with the owner being the pilot. It's got to be simple enough and intuitive enough that not only can non-professional pilots fly it, but passengers that truly have no interest in aviation can understand what is going on."
The-jet will be powered by "a quiet, efficient, and lightweight William's jet engine that will give the aircraft great utility, economy and simplicity never before seen in this market," Dale Klapmeier added.
For more information, visit www.the-jet.com.