Duluth Planemaker Plans Single-Engine Jet
While Cirrus is still
staying mum on concrete details of their upcoming single-engine jet
program, ANN has learned that Cirrus has selected an engine
supplier. CEO Alan Klapmeier says Williams' FJ33 fills the bill
perfectly for "The Jet" -- that's what Cirrus has been calling
it since it doesn't have a name for its Personal Jet... yet.
Klapmeier told ANN, "Safety is important to us at Cirrus, along
with providing our owners with high customer value."
The engine, specifically the FJ33-4A-19, makes 1900 pounds
thrust with a total weight of 300 pounds.
"Being chosen to power the-jet by CIRRUS is confirmation of the
large increase in customer value that this newest version of our
FJ33 offers to the marketplace," said Gregg Williams, president and
CEO of Williams International. "The new FJ33-4A-19 produces about
1900 lbs of takeoff thrust, still weighs less than 300 lbs, is
extremely efficient, and will have the lowest noise and exhaust
emissions levels in the industry."
Klapmeier said, "The
reliability record of the Williams FJ family was a critical factor
in partnering with Williams. We also considered thrust-to-weight,
and the availability of excellent customer service for owners as
part of out decision making."
"Thrust-to-weight and fuel economy are two sides of the
efficiency coin," according to Matt Huff, vice president of
Business Development for Williams. "The FJ33 excels at both. Cirrus
takes advantage of this unique combination to yield aircraft
characteristics that we believe will have a major impact on the
personal aviation marketplace."
Advanced features pioneered by Williams and now being adopted by
others in the turbine industry include: blisks (integral blades and
disks), effusion-cooled combustors, low parts count, and full
authority digital engine controls (FADEC). Williams' engines also
are modular in design, allowing quick assembly, disassembly, and
This is the same engine family chosen by ATG for its twin
Javelin jet, and by Adam for its A700 twin jet. Cessna also uses
the FJ series in a number of its jets.