Seven months ahead of planned service entry of its Vision SF50, Cirrus Aircraft is building a dedicated facility for customers of the single-engined jet.

The “Vision Center” will be based in Knoxville, Tennessee, and will house all pre-and aftersales support related to the six-seat type, including sales, delivery, training, maintenance and support.

“This is the next step in our goal to re-imagine general aviation and the flying experience at Cirrus Aircraft," says co-founder and chief executive Dale Klapmeier.

A key component of the facility will be a level D, full-motion flight simulator currently under development at CAE. “This full flight simulator will be the cornerstone in Vision SF50 type rating training and annual recurrent training,” says Cirrus, which also plans to provide maintenance support for its fleet of SR20/22 high-performance piston singles.

The Knoxville site will be the third base for Cirrus, complementing its manufacturing operations in Duluth, Minnesota – where it is headquartered – and Grand Forks, North Dakota.

The SF50 is scheduled for certification in the fourth quarter. Cirrus has secured more than 500 orders to date for the $1.96 million aircraft.

Source: Flight International