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Second-generation Vision Jet secures European validation

Cirrus has secured European validation for the second-generation G2 version of its SF50 Vision Jet – and delivered the first example to an owner in the region on 8 July.

The approval comes six months after the upgraded personal jet received US certification and entered service. To date, 35 Vision Jet G2s have been delivered, says Cirrus.

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The aircraft features a Garmin 3000-based Perspective Touch+ avionics suite, which incorporates a faster computer and brighter screens. The cockpit also gains an autothrottle and increased connectivity through Flight Stream 510 compatibility.

The cabin has a new modular four-seat executive layout and increased sound-proofing "for added comfort", while additional paint schemes are available for the exterior.

Two True Blue TB17 lithium-ion batteries replace the original lead-acid batteries, making the aircraft 14kg (31lb) lighter and providing a faster, cooler engine start.

The Williams International FJ33-5A-powered G2 has a maximum operating altitude of 31,000ft – 3,000ft higher than its predecessor – giving it access to Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) airspace.

"Operating at this altitude allows customers to either carry 150lb more on an 800nm [1,480km] mission, or fly 100nm more on full tanks," says Matt Bergwall, director of the Vision Jet product line.

Although both the Flight Stream 510 system and extra sound-proofing are available for retrofit on G1 models, take-up has so far been "modest", with the enhancements "installed on around 15%" of the roughly 90-strong G1 fleet.

The G2 carries a $2.75 million price tag, an increase of $250,000 over the original version, which entered service in December 2016.

The Vision Jet remains the only Part 23/CS-23-certificated single-engined jet on the market.

Cirrus has an orderbook for over 500 G2s and plans to deliver 80 units in 2019 and 100 in 2020, says Bergwall.

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