In June 2006, Cirrus announced the development of a new aircraft called the Vision Jet. It was originally called “The Jet” and named the Vision SJ50. It was later redesigned in March of 2009 and renamed to the Vision SF50. In October 2016, it was officially certified and has since been under the name of the, “Vision Jet”.
The Vision SF50 is a very light jet (VLJ) that is designed with a single engine. It comes with an interesting Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS), along with Safe Return emergency autoland technology. Part of the inspiration for the design was to produce an aircraft that was a step up from their SR series of high performance piston airplanes. In 2018, the aircraft also won the Collier Trophy and Flying Innovation Award. (1)
The Cirrus Vision SF50 is equipped with a single turbine engine. The Williams International FJ33-5A has approx 1,846 lbs force of thrust and is said to be comparable to a high-performance single engine turboprop. The aircraft is capable of transporting seven passengers including a pilot. Plus, has a maximum range of 1,275 nautical miles (2,361 km).
The Vision SF50 is also capable of a maximum cruise speed of Mach 0.47, along with a maximum cruise altitude of 31,000 ft. The maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) is approx 6,000 lbs and maximum ramp weight is approx 6,040 lbs.
The SF50 also has a very unique feature provided by Garmin called the “Safe Return” system. This essentially allows a passenger(s) to safely land the aircraft from their seat. The feature is capable of being initiated by the front passenger / co pilot seat or the first row behind the pilot / co pilot seats. This can all be performed with a touch of a button.
While preparing to land, many automated operations can / will be initiated. Some of those operations include; rerouting, airport landing communications, as well as communicating instructions to passengers. (2)
The SF50 has designed its cabin around the influence of some of the largest in its class. The cabin height is approx. 4’1″ and it’s width is approx. 5’1″. An interesting thing to note is that the cabin is considered “transformative” and can be configured for up to 28 different seating configurations.
The avionics included in this aircraft is the Prospective Touch+ by Garmin. It has features such as situational awareness that include a real-time map and uses Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT). The aircraft also includes Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) and Autothrottle. (3)
- In 2018 and 2019, the Vision SF50 was the most delivered business jet.
- As per the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). The SF50 was the most delivered private jet in 2020 with 73 units shipped / sold.
- One noticeable adjustment from the SR series is the location of the parachute system. In the SR series, the parachute system was located in the back. However in the SF, it is located in the front or nose of the jet. This change has allowed more improvements to how the parachute system works overall.
- In 2021, just before the EAA AirVenue show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Cirrus unveiled the latest updates to the G2+ Vision Jet model. Some of those features include upgrades to the Williams International FJ44-5A Fadec system. The power output stays intact, however it now has a 20% optimized thrust profile. This is meant to provide additional performance in areas such as flight takeoff and while flying at high altitudes.
- Among other upgrades, Cirrus also introduced their Flex Cargo Management system. This essentially incorporates cargo attachments to the seating. Which enables the transport of larger items such as golf clubs, coolers and bicycles. This upgrade is scheduled to be available sometime in early 2022. (4, 5)
*These are general specifications of the above mentioned aircraft. Please see each listing for details on their individual specifications, layout and performance.
- Cirrus Aircraft, Vision Jet The Next Evolution, retrieved from: https://cirrusaircraft.com/aircraft/vision-jet
- Stephen Pope, FLYING Magazine, We Fly: The Generation 2 Cirrus Vision – Technology and performance enhancements elevate the SF50, retrieved from: https://www.flyingmag.com/we-fly-generation-2-cirrus-vision
- Cirrus Aircraft, New Garmin Flight Deck SF50, retrieved from: https://cirrusaircraft.com/story/cirrus-aircraft-introduces-cirrus-perspective-touch-by-garmin-for-vision-sf50
- General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), 2020 Year-End Aircraft Shipment Report, retrieved from: https://gama.aero/wp-content/uploads/2020ShipmentReport-03162021.pdf
- Matt Thurber, AIN Media Group, Inc., Hands On: Cirrus G2+ Vision Jet, retrieved from: https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/business-aviation/2021-08-24/hands-cirrus-g2-vision-jet