Private-jet ownership has long been the domain of the ultrawealthy, with costs running into the tens of millions of dollars even before the crew and fuel are factored in. A new jet from aircraftmaker Cirrus could change that.
Starting at just under $2 million, the Cirrus Vision Jet is a single-engine private jet designed to be flown by its owner, not a professional pilot, with some training and an assist from advanced computer systems. And if there's an emergency, a special parachute system can carry the jet to a gentle touchdown. "It is truly by design a personal transportation machine," says Dave Rathbun, the jet's chief engineer.