17 October 2023
Cirrus Aircraft has revealed a Special Edition of its SF50 Vision Jet with a spectacular paint scheme. It’s to commemorate 500 deliveries of the single-engine personal jet since it was launched in 2016.
The Vision Jet has been the best-selling jet for the past five years and is widely used for both business and personal travel. Cirrus has produced a video telling the back story of the Vision Jet. Watch it here.
Five liveries were created by Cirrus Aircraft’s Xi Design team for the Vision Jet to celebrate the 500th milestone. They’re based around what Cirrus calls ‘Obsidian Black and Vision Blue’. All commemorative aircraft are embellished with 500th Limited Edition branding throughout.
The interior features blues, grays and carbon fibre. The crew seats are gray Alcantara capped by a leather shoulder and headrest featuring an embroidered 500th edition emblem.
“With the delivery of the 500th Vision Jet, Cirrus Aircraft celebrates the marketplace success of a category-defining aircraft,” said Zean Nielsen, Chief Executive Officer of Cirrus Aircraft.
“The Vision Jet is the only jet that features advanced innovations like the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System, Safe Return Autoland, Wi-Fi, Cirrus IQ and Auto Radar along with a suite of other safety, comfort and convenience features.”
After the initial release of the Vision Jet in 2016, the first major evolution of the SF50 was the introduction of the Generation 2 (G2) Vision Jet in 2019.
The G2 Vision Jet included RVSM Certification enabling the aircraft to attain a maximum altitude of 31,000 feet (FL310). This increase in altitude brought with it more speed and better efficiency. The G2 also acquired an Auto Throttle and engineering improvements providing 200 lb. of additional payload.
In 2020, Safe Return Autoland was introduced. Based on the Garmin Auto Land system, the Vision Jet was the first jet aircraft to receive and certify this safety feature.
In 2021, the G2+ Vision Jet was introduced with up to a 25% increase in takeoff performance and Wi-Fi. The G2+ Vision Jet enables convenient regional travel by unlocking 40% more airports than previous generations when fully loaded on a hot day.
In 2023, Cirrus Aircraft introduced Cirrus IQ and Garmin’s Auto Radar to the Vision Jet, providing pilots with increased situational awareness and connectivity during all stages of pre-flight and inflight activities.
Cirrus is showing the 500th Vision Jet at this year’s NBAA business aviation conference and exhibition, being staged in Las Vegas this week, and pitching the jet to operators as having having lower operating costs than many other bizjets.
“The Vision Jet has the capabilities and comforts that can achieve many of the missions that larger corporate jets do at significantly smaller operating costs making it the ideal supplement to every corporate fleet,” said a Cirrus statement.
“The Vision Jet adds flexibility for short regional and longer cross-country missions with lower fuel burn due to its innovative single-engine and V-tail design.
“All Vision Jets can be powered by SAF [sustaninable aviation fuel] fuel as well. According to Conklin & De Decker, the Vision Jet has the lowest CO2 emissions rate compared to all general and business aviation jets.”