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Vision Jet G2 another 'game-changer' for Duluth's Cirrus Aircraft

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Cirrus Aircraft has released its second-generation Vision Jet, the G2. Courtesy Cirrus Aircraft.2 / 2

Since its release late in 2016, Cirrus Aircraft has sold nearly 100 Vision jets — with hundreds more customers still in line to buy their own single-engine personal jet. Now the Duluth-based company has released the second generation of the Vision, the G2.

"The Cirrus Aircraft story is one of relentless innovation," Pat Waddick, president of innovation and operations, said in a statement last week. "Much like the last 20 years of re-imagining the SR Series with constant improvements to performance, safety and comfort, the G2 Vision Jet is the culmination of that same spirit of innovation."

Here's a look at what's changed:

Higher

  • First Generation: 28,000 feet maximum operating altitude
  • G2: 31,000 feet

Faster

  • First Generation: 304 knots at 28,000 feet
  • G2: 311 knots at 28,000 feet

Farther

  • The G2 can carry an extra 150 pounds on an 800 nautical mile trip. With a higher flight envelope reaching Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum, or RVSM, "flight levels now increases the Vision Jet's range to over 1,200nm," according to Cirrus Aircraft.

New tech

  • G2: Autothrottle "integrates with the autopilot and can automatically adjust the aircraft's speed for each phase of flight, reducing workload and giving the pilot more time to focus on other tasks," the company says.

Price

  • First Generation: $1.96 million base, in 2012 dollars
  • G2: $2.38 million base, $2.75 million typically equipped
Brooks Johnson

Brooks is an investigative/enterprise reporter and business columnist at the Duluth News Tribune.

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