As the first month of 2016 comes to a close, we know many of you are eager to hear about the progression of the Vision Jet toward certification. We’ve been operating a busy schedule and have been checking a lot of important items off the list. Some of the recent significant accomplishments are as follows:
- We have completed all FAA certification flight tests with dry air ice shapes on C0. We talked a few months ago about the process involved with replicating various icing conditions by creating these dry air ice shapes. The tests prove that the flight characteristics remain safe for continued flight and landing throughout potential icing conditions.
All critical natural ice FAA flights are also complete. The flights utilized C1 and will mark the conclusion of all FIKI certification ground and in-flight testing for the program.
- Certification of the Vision SF50 pressurization and ventilation system is complete on C2. It is now in the initial certification process for the electrical and avionics systems both at the LRU (Line Replaceable Unit) level in the lab as well as during on-aircraft testing
- Certification of the trailing link landing gear system is also now complete.
- Aerodynamic loads have received certification approval, which supports closure of all the static structural testing completed in 2015.
Our upcoming focus points include completing certification of the electrical and environmental systems, with certification of the avionics and autopilot systems happening soon thereafter. With the natural ice testing complete, C1 will now prepare for completing the CAPS system testing. We already have the parachute design and extraction process certified, and will now focus on full system integration. We’ll keep you updated on the progress of this much-anticipated milestone.
Needless to say, we’ve been running a busy schedule with all three conforming aircraft and are still on track for certification in the first half of this year per this previous post. We will continue to keep you updated on program achievements as we complete them. In the meantime, a big thanks to the Vision SF50 team for continuing with all their great work!