Cirrus Aircraft is close to having its new SF50 Vision Jet receive full airworthiness certifications without ever having to perform an in-flight test of its aircraft parachute recovery system.  In the past the FAA has regarded the Cirrus Aircraft Parachute System (CAPS) as an essential safety feature for all Cirrus planes.  That being said, the FAA may not require an in-flight test of the CAPS system for Cirrus’ newest aircraft due to the unnecessary risk and costs.

Although the FAA will likely bypass in flight testing for the SF50 Vision Jet CAPS, Cirrus actually had to change the installation area.  In previous Cirrus planes such as the SR-22, the CAPS has deployed from the top of the cabin above the passenger seat.  However, the SF50 has its CAPS installed in the nose of the aircraft in order to avoid interfering with the engine inlet.

The original CAPS was designed by BRS Aerospace on behalf of Cirrus Aircraft in 1995, and the system is still used in Cirrus Aircraft to this day.  Essentially, CAPS ensures the safety of pilots in worst case scenarios by launching an immense parachute so that the entire aircraft will float to the ground.  Since its inception, CAPS has been activated nearly 74 times and is responsible for saving over 100 lives.  However it is important to note that CAPS must be activated within predefined parameters in order to function properly.

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“CAPS is a truly remarkable safety innovation. But every new and innovative device requires training to master. CAPS is about more than just pulling a handle. It takes training and a safety-first mindset to make CAPS deployment an instinctual act in situations where you have lost control of the airplane. To support our pilot community, we have developed a wide range of reference materials and training resources. That is why we recommend recurrent training that includes CAPS deployment scenarios as an area of focus every twelve months.”

Although CAPs has been adopted by every plane in the Cirrus Aircraft line as well a select few Cessna planes, the general aviation industry as a whole has been rather slow to adopt CAPS.   Many experienced pilots either have older aircraft or don’t see a need for CAPS, but the fact of the matter is that every pilot can benefit from having CAPS during an emergency.

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In June 2015, Dassault Aviation unveiled the Falcon 5X, a new addition to its large cabin, long-range business jets, at its Bordeaux-Mérignac final assembly facility in France. This new Falcon business jet claims to offer the largest cabin cross section out of all current business jets, and has a 9,630km range and speeds of 105 knots.

The aircraft also includes a redesigned cockpit equipped with third-generation Dassault EASy flight deck, an ultra-efficient wing, a digital flight control system derived from the Rafale fighter jet, as well as aircraft and engine health monitoring systems. Brand new Snecma Silvercrest engines, which are said to offer 15% higher fuel efficiency than other powerplants in its thrust class, will power the Falcon 5X.

The concept of the Falcon 5X was revealed back in October of 2013 at the National Business Aviation Association Convention in Las Vegas. Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Trappier is proud of the new aircraft and is excited to finally unveil it. He said in a statement: "The Falcon 5X was designed to answer operator demand for an aircraft in the 5,000nm range that could provide more space and comfort than existing large body jets, while combining the handling qualities, the low-speed performance and operating economics, which are the hallmark of Falcons.”

The final assembly and testing of the aircraft are currently taking place at the Mérignac facility, which has so far delivered more than 8,000 civil and military aircraft. Trappier also said: "Customers have already responded to the new aircraft with enthusiasm and we expect it to become every bit as popular as the 7X, the fastest-selling Falcon we've ever built." Dassault expects to conduct the maiden flight of the Falcon 5X later this year.

Headquartered in Paris, Dassault Aviation is a French aircraft manufacturer of military, regional, and business jets and is a subsidiary of Dassault Group. The company was founded in 1929 by Marcel Bloch as Société des Avions Marcel Bloch, but after World War, II he changed his name to Marcel Dassault and the company name eventually became Dassault Aviation.

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