Cirrus Aircraft launches first conforming model jet

By KBJR News 1

March 25, 2014 Updated Mar 25, 2014 at 7:48 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)--- Cirrus Aircraft has marked a major milestone in its Vision S-F50 personal jet program.

On Monday night, Cirrus had a successful first test flight of it's first ever conforming jet "C-Zero".

The plane has been on the drawing board at Cirrus for the last ten years and is now a reality.

The jet underwent rigorous ground tests as a part of a series of evaluations to meet F-A-A certification before taking off from the Duluth International Airport Monday night.

The seven seat, single-engine jet took one year to build.

The difference between this and other jets is that in other jets, there is a cockpit with a pilot and a co-pilot and the owner sits in the back.

In this conformed model, it's an owner flown jet and is modeled like a car where everyone can sit together.

Customers can buy the plane for $2 million dollars.

Cirrus leaders say there are already 500 customers in line to buy the plane.

"The capability of this airplane really puts us alone. We have no direct competitors at this. As I say that, the entire industry is our competitors, but this airplane is gonna be very unique, its gonna open up doors into this industry that we haven't seen before," said Cirrus CEO Dale Klapmeier.

Klapmeier says they still have a year and a half of flight test and development to get certification on this first jet.

They expect to fulfill of the first of these reservations late next year.

He adds that the company plans on having three conforming planes in the air by the end of the year.

Klapmeier says the company will be adding between two hundred and three hundred new jobs as they begin production on more conforming planes

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati
rmarnati@kbjr.com

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