An astonishingly easy-to-fly private jet

The Cirrus Vision Jet SF50 is comfortable, fast, fun and safe

The Vision Jet starts from $1.96m – small private jets tend to cost at least twice that, and the Vision’s closest rival has a price tag of about $3m
The Vision Jet starts from $1.96m – small private jets tend to cost at least twice that, and the Vision’s closest rival has a price tag of about $3m

The Vision Jet SF50, from Cirrus Aircraft, is a new type of jet that anyone who flies can confidently pilot. It follows the same lightweight thinking as the company’s SR piston range: just one turbofan motor, unlike the two (or three or four) on most civil jets, plenty of electronic help for pilots and a whole-plane safety parachute, just in case.

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With a one-hop range similar to that of the company’s top-of-the-range piston plane – about 1,000 nautical miles – but a maximum cruise speed of nearly 50 per cent more, at 300 knots/345mph, the Vision is a cleverly designed package that fills a gap in the market for a jet aimed at pilots moving up from piston-powered planes to an aircraft that can carry more passengers, more comfortably, faster. But, crucially, not so fast as to intimidate.

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