Cirrus Vision: The First Private Jet With Automatic Landing System
Nothing strange, some of us are afraid of flying. It comes from the fact that flying is an action that we perceive as unnatural, risky and that, in fact, is out of our control. There is an expert, to fly a plane, okay, but what if it feels bad? What happens if the driver has a failure? If it happens in the car, just pull over, stop, but stillness is not contemplated with the air.
Let’s start from the beginning: flying is not “unnatural”, because it is true that our species, the human species, has not evolved by piloting airplanes, but not even by driving cars, and to be honest either by dressing synthetic clothes or by treating their illnesses to antibiotics. And flying is not risky, on the contrary, it is safer than traveling by car. But fears are what they are, that is irrational feelings, and there is little to do: now a jet arrives that these fears can make them pass for real: it’s called Cirrus Vision, and it’s the first Private Jet that knows how to land alone.
The interesting thing about the Cirrus Vision automatic landing system is that it is not a simple autopilot, it is a system made specifically to do everything, really everything, what a driver would do, but without the need for the pilot himself. Including contacting the nearest airport, communicating your position, giving coordinates, information on fuel levels and engine conditions.
The cost of the jet, even if by instinct one might think the opposite, is low. Where “low” is to be understood however relative to the prices of other aircraft. The Cirrus Vision costs about $ 2 million, and there is no other cheaper jet, at least in the world of turbine engine jets.
The other interesting feature of the Cirrus is that it is designed in such a way that there is no on-board personnel: the space of the pilot is the same as those sitting immediately behind, without divisions, and this because the idea is to propose a plane to who also wants to learn how to fly it.
Knowing how to land in complete autonomy is however the most incredible feature of the Cirrus: just press a button that is well isolated on the roof of the aircraft (strictly red, because it must never be pressed by mistake or lightly) and an automatic voice warns those aboard that from that moment on they must not interfere with the controls.
The radio control and the altitude adjustment take place without any need for human intervention and so until the engine is completely stopped once on the ground.
The other technical features of the Cirrus Vision tell are also noteworthy: it can carry up to seven passengers, the windows are much wider than normal private jets and the whole structure is made of a large and resistant carbon fiber.
The designers’ idea is that of an airplane for long distances: Bose soundproofing, autonomy of over a thousand miles and the ability to fly at a height of over 9 kilometers. The autopilot landing system, that is the one that manages the landing in complete autonomy, is designed by Garmin, a leading company in the field and, experts say, an assurance on the reliability of the device.
Those who follow the news of technology and artificial intelligence applied to the engines by reading of the Cirrus Vision will have thought of Tesla and its autopilot. And it is a comparison that is all there: the Cirrus Vision is somewhat the Tesla of private air transport, and its automatic landing system knows just as much as Tesla’s future.
Yet automatic pilots have existed for years, but these last generations make a further leap in terms of reliability. And here, to be honest, there is the real news, news that can easily make us spend some of the fear of flying.
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