It’s tempting to dismiss one of the biggest news stories of the year, the FAA’s awarding type certification to Cirrus Aircraft for its SF50 Vision Jet, but we should avoid any such urge to gloss over the achievement in our minds. It’s a monumental accomplishment for Cirrus, and here’s why.
Ten years ago, when the term Very Light Jet (VLJ) started getting tossed around by everyone, there really weren’t any VLJs, sub-10,000-pound airplanes designed to be flown by regular pilots, maybe those stepping up from high-performance singles. Within a few years there were two: the Cessna Citation Mustang and the Eclipse EA500. But the single-engine jets being developed to slide into even less expensive niches went bust. Piper abandoned its Piper Jet (renamed the Altaire after a redesign), and Diamond couldn’t make the numbers work on its promising DiamondJet, either.
The one survivor is the Cirrus Jet, now known as the SF50 Vision Jet. When [...]
Tecnam, an Italian aircraft manufacturer has announced the first flight of the P2012 Traveller.
Under the control of Experimental Test Pilot Lorenzo De Stefano, the Tecnam P2012 performed a faultless set of maneuvers in front of a very proud Tecnam workforce.
“After a smooth take-off, I climbed to a safe height to perform our pre-planned maneuvers to check the basic behavior of the aircraft, engine and flight controls. The aircraft responded exactly as expected. After a couple of circuits around the airfield, I landed and the Traveller stopped in a very short distance. I am really excited about the Traveller program.” said Lorenzo De Stefano.
The arrival of the next-generation 11 seat P2012 Traveller has been very much anticipated by many airlines, from the USA to Africa, Asia and Australia, who have been demanding a replacement for the many hundreds of ‘heritage’ airplanes in the FAR23/CS23 category currently in service around the world.