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Cirrus Vision Jet on Track, Bolstered by Steady Customer Deposits

Vision Jet
Courtesy Cirrus Aircraft

Vision Jet
Courtesy Cirrus Aircraft

June 3, 2010 — Cirrus Aircraft held a webinar this week to update Vision Jet position holders and journalists about their progress of the new aircraft.  The good news for those who have placed deposits is that orders for the new jet have reached 431 with over 100 coming in the last six months. Co-founder and Chairman Dale Klapmeier says that Cirrus’s market position is strong as sales of its established aircraft lines have rebounded and that development of the jet is less likely to be delayed by lack of development funding. Meanwhile, testing continues as Cirrus continues to refine the leading edge de-ice boots.

Cirrus President Brent Wouters says that $64 million has been spent so far on Vision Jet’s development and that a similar amount will be needed to move the jet into production. One-third of that will come from customer deposits but Wouters says that a key goal is to keep the jet’s design moving forward and to expand the sales of the SR 20 and SR 22 as part of the strategy to raise more funds. 

Vision Jet Development Continues
Lately, Cirrus engineers have been focusing on ice testing including the use of a urethane material for the pneumatic de-ice boots. Chief engineer Dave Rathben says that the new material will last longer and shed ice more easily than black rubber boots, which has been the industry standard.

The working prototype has been flown in several parts of the country to subject it to realistic flight scenarios. Cirrus has already begun the tooling process for pressure testing and whole aircraft parachute development and testing will begin in later this year.

In anticipation of their customers transitioning to the Vision Jet, Cirrus is developing piston to jet training programs. They arealso offering new depositors an option to purchase an SR22 by June 30, while development on the jet is completed. The development, including what Cirrus calls a “conforming vehicle”, is expected to continue through all of 2011.

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