What changed on the Generation 2 Vision Jet?

On January 8, 2019, from Duluth MN and in Knoxville TN, Cirrus Aircraft announced the next generation Vision Jet with bigger headlines – Higher, Faster and Farther.

Woe to the pilot naysayers that said, Cirrus would never get a single engine jet certified. But in 2016, the Vision Jet did receive FAA certification. Then for years, we’ve heard skeptics claim operating altitude would always be limited below 29,000 feet because Cirrus didn’t have Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) capability and other necessities for flight into higher altitudes. Wrong.

Higher, Faster and Farther

Cirrus has received certification for an expanded flight envelope to Flight Level 310 (31,000 feet), which raises the performance capabilities of the Vision Jet. Access to RVSM increases the Jet’s range to more than 1,200 nautical miles. Second, the Generation 2 added the flexibility to carry an additional 150 pounds, which significantly improves upon its typical 800 NM missions. And third, the G2 Jet pushes cruise speed even further above 300 knots. Cirrus worked with Williams International to slightly increase the FJ33-5A engine thrust.

The ability to carry more came from a decrease in airframe weight. Most of the pickup came from replacing the heavy dual lead acid batteries with lighter True Blue Power lithium ion batteries, which also deliver more reliable engine starts in cold weather.

Advanced Avionics

The Generation 2 Vision Jet has advanced avionics typically only found on high-end business jets and commercial transport aircraft. The G2 jet has Perspective Touch+ by Garmin advanced flight deck, which includes new hardware, faster processing speeds and even better screen resolution. The jet was already equipped with FADEC but Autothrottle is now available. Cirrus says, “this game-changing technology integrates with the autopilot and can automatically adjust the aircraft’s speed for each phase of flight, reducing workload and giving the pilot more time to focus on other tasks.”

The Vision flight deck includes 3D synthetic vision, SurfaceWatch, integrated crew alerts, datalink weather, active weather radar, ADS-B, satellite communications, system synoptics and more.

Cabin Experience is First Class

Cirrus has stepped up the personal travel experience with a focus on comfort and productivity. The improvements add to the spaciousness and panoramic views that are already a hallmark of the Vision Jet design.

New executive seating adds “two luxurious, artisan-crafted second row seats and an all-new center console with stow-away tables for a more productive in-flight experience. Each cabin seat is modular and can be quickly repositioned or removed by the pilot offering the flexibility of more than 25 possible seating configurations. Passengers have access to USB and 110V power outlets. An expansive flush mounted overhead monitor can be extended down to deliver best-in-class display or entertainment from your favorite device.

The Generation 2 Personal Jet has windows with UV and IR protection. The UV window protection installation started around serial number twenty (20). It’s a safety feature GA pilots and passengers should have had years ago. UV light is known to damage collagen fibers, destroys vitamin A in skin and can accelerate the aging process of skin. The new windows also keep interior temperatures more comfortable.

You can also find the UV window protection on the Cirrus G6 piston-engine airplanes. Look for a slight oil sheen appearance to the windows – that’s the UV protection.

Newly-developed noise reduction architecture further enhances the passenger environment. The G2 jet cabin is about 10 decibels quieter. Cirrus Aircraft understands the continuous spark and the grind of creativity.

Pat Waddick, president, Innovation & Operations, said,

“Much like the last twenty years of re-imagining the SR Series with constant improvements to performance, safety and comfort, the G2 Vision Jet is the culmination of that same spirit of innovation . . . .”

Everyone expects no less from the Cirrus Aircraft Team going forward, except the naysayers.

Cirrus Vision SF50 Jet Exterior Engine, photo credit Wired magazine 2017
Cirrus Vision SF50 Jet Exterior Engine, photo credit Wired magazine 2017

The Generation 2 Vision Jet deliveries began in January 2019 (after serial number 94). The G2 planes start at $2.38 million with a fully loaded model ramping out at $2.75 million.

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You should join Cirrus Owners & Pilots Association if . . .

You should join Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) if you’re interested in Cirrus Aircraft. The organization has thousands of members and a comprehensive informational website.

We’ll review some of the benefits and topics of COPA over the next several weeks.

Cirrus Aircraft enthusiasts, Austin Texas 2016, photo credit wikiWings
Cirrus Aircraft enthusiasts, Austin Texas 2016, photo credit wikiWings

High Flight 2018

“Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;

Sunward I’ve climbed and joined the tumbling mirth
 of sun-split clouds, –
And done a hundred things
 You have not dreamed of —
Wheeled and soared and swung
 high in the sunlit silence.
Hovering there, I’ve chased the shouting wind along,
And flung
 my eager craft through footless halls of air . . .

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.
Where never lark, or even eagle flew;

And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and [sought] the face of God.”

In memory of the author: John Gillespie Magee, Jr. (b. June 9, 1922 – d. December 11, 1941); an American aviator with RCAF and son of Christian Missionaries.

I trust your flying in 2018 was memorable and I hope all your dreams of flight become reality in The New Year. Merry Christmas and Shalom.

References: Isa 58:14; PS 19:1; Ex 33:18-23; 2 Chr 7:14

What are the pre-owned asking prices for Generation 6 SR22T Turbo planes?

In 2017, Cirrus began shipping the Generation 6 SR22T turbo airplane.  We looked at preowned asking prices and here’s what we found.  Eight G6 turbo planes for sale in the United States.  All had air-conditioning.

Preowned asking prices for the SR22T G6 ranged from $835,000 – 880,000 with 540 or less total time on airframe.

Preowned asking prices G6 SR22T Turbo planes

YearSerialTailTTAFPriceAir-Cond.StyleLocation
20171485N596CA540 834,900 YesCarbonChattanoga, TN
20171547N63YB276 849,000 YesCarbonRaleigh, NC
20171481N991EW390 869,000 YesCarbonCollege Station, TX
20171530N895JJ400 879,000 YesCarbonHenderson, NV
20171490N213KS375 879,900 YesCarbonWhite Plains, NY

What are the asking prices for Generation 6 SR22 normally aspirated planes?

In 2017, Cirrus began shipping the Generation 6 SR22 airplane.  We looked at preowned asking prices and here’s what we found.  Seven planes for sale but only five in the United States.  All had air-conditioning.

Preowned asking prices for the SR22NA G6 ranged from $750,000 – 839,000.

 Cirrus Aircraft SR22 G6 Normally Aspirated preowned asking prices
Year Serial Tail TTAF Price Air-Cond. Style Location
2017 4447 N338LL 200  749,900 Yes Carbon Islip, NY
2017 4439 N542SF 510  769,000 Yes n/a Gaithersburg, MD
2018 4647 N96AT 85  786,000 Yes n/a SanJose, CA
2017 4645 N998SR n/a  799,000 Yes Carbon Australia
2017 4500 LV HFP 183  800,000 n/a n/a Buenos Aires, Argentina
2017 4544 N331ED 120  834,000 Yes Platinum Pkg. Somerset,NJ
2017 4550 N375TT 185  839,000 Yes Bold Carbon Kaiser, MO

Visit an Aviation Museum

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Chantilly Virginia, photo credit wikiWings
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Chantilly Virginia, photo credit wikiWings

In 2018, if you have not visited an aviation museum schedule a trip. Chose a local or cross country destination spot. In Houston, it might be the Lone Star Flight Museum located at the corner of Aerospace Avenue and Challenger at Ellington Airport. Select a destination and take family and friends.

The Lone Star Flight Museum

11551 Aerospace Avenue

Houston, Texas 77034

Thanksgiving 2018

It’s Thanksgiving week. A time to stop and be still. A time to reflect.

With gladness, our founding fathers acknowledged the benefits and mercies which God bestowed upon them. Let us not neglect praise to Him for our many good provisions. The ordinary and extraordinary – such as, General Aviation. Our opportunity to ride modern chariots in God’s magnificent heavens! And, to share that experience with family, friends and the next generation.

Hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving with family and friends (Ps 100:1-5; Ro 6:23).

Sharing general aviation with family, friends and the next generation, photo credit wikiWings
Sharing general aviation with family, friends and the next generation, photo credit wikiWings

 

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