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News: Cirrus Unveils Safe Return Feature On G2 Vision Jet

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  1. Cirrus Aircraft Introduces Safe Return Feature On G2 Vision Jet

    Emergency automated landing seems to be the next big thing in business jet aviation on the smaller-end of the industry. First we heard of the HALO system with the revamped Piper M600 SLS and now Cirrus Aircraft is bringing a similar technology to their Cirrus Vision Jet G2. Cirrus calls theirs Safe ReturnTM. "Our mission is to make personal aviation more accessible by continuing to improve passenger comfort and safety," said Zean Nielsen, Cirrus Aircraft Chief Executive Officer. "Safe Return delivers the next step towards autonomous flight, bringing a new level of confidence to the overall flying experience by providing the ultimate level of safety and control to passengers. Together, with the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System® (CAPS®), we have once again set a new standard for safety in personal air travel."
  2. Easily accessible by passengers in the Vision Jet cabin, Safe Return is activated by the touch of a button when available. Once pressed, the autonomous system analyzes terrain and datalink weather to determine the optimal airport for landing, and simultaneously begins communication with Air Traffic Control (ATC). Powered by the Perspective Touch+TM by Garmin® flight deck, Safe Return utilizes all available aircraft data streams, including available fuel, to safely navigate the Vision Jet to the identified airport and transition on to final approach for the appropriate runway based on ground winds. Autothrottle – launched earlier this year on the new G2 Vision Jet –and the automatic flight control system manage the aircraft’s speed, altitude and path, while the system automatically lowers the flaps and landing gear on final approach. Safe Return culminates in the aircraft making a fully autonomous landing on the intended runway and coming to a complete stop, allowing passengers to exit the aircraft. The Safe Return button can be disengaged if it is inadvertently activated.

    For more information:

    Cirrus Design Corporation
    4515 Taylor Circle
    Duluth, MN 55811

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