The Vision Jet can fly to an airport and land all by itself

  • The Cirrus Vision Jet is now equipped with ‘Safe Return’
  • That means it’s certified with Garmin Autoland
  • The revolutionary system allows you to kick back and relax at altitude


Published on May 17, 2024 at 6:05 PM (UTC+4)
by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

Last updated on May 18, 2024 at 2:05 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Tom Wood

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has certified the Cirrus Vision Jet with ‘Safe Return’, making it the first aircraft to be certified with Garmin Autoland.

The revolutionary system allows you to kick back and relax at altitude.

In fact, the Cirrus Vision Jet can now be landed at the touch of a button.

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This gives the Cirrus Vision Jet the most comprehensive, total safety solution in general aviation.  

Attorney, pilot, and aviation enthusiast, Bryce Angell, took to Instagram to share his experience of using the technology, which was introduced in 2020.

He had his family use the Cirrus Vision Jet over a minivan as a getaround.

“It will identify and navigate to the nearest available airport avoiding any terrain and weather on the way there,” he explained.

“It can set up an approach, select an appropriate runway, and even communicate with ATC while it does it.”

The Safe Return activation button is located on the ceiling of the Vision Jet’s cabin for easy access.

It can be used within minutes of the jet taking off.

Passengers, meanwhile are provided with audio alerts, real-time screen tracking, remaining fuel, and even ETAs by the flight deck.

The technology can save lives, like the Tesla self-driving feature that remarkably saved a man who needed to go to hospital.

If the pilot is ready to resume control, however, Safe Return can be disengaged via the Autopilot disconnect button on the yoke.

This innovative system is powered by the Cirrus Perspective+ by Garmin® flight deck.

Zean Nielsen, chief executive officer at Cirrus Aircraft, explained: “With Safe Return, we are making personal aviation more accessible, elevating the passenger experience and taking the next step towards autonomous flight.

“The Vision Jet sets a new standard in personal travel with the combination of Safe Return and CAPS, offering the ultimate level of safety, control, and comfort for the pilot and passengers.”

The Cirrus Vision Jet is a turbine aircraft that defined a new category in aviation.

That’s partly because of its spacious pilot and passenger-friendly cabin featuring panoramic windows, and reclining seats with adults and children.

It was the only turbine aircraft at the time with a whole airframe parachute system as standard equipment.

Autonomous systems are also making inroads in other inroads, like the world’s first fully autonomous truck yard in Texas.


Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

London-based Amelia cut her journalistic teeth covering all things lifestyle, wellness and luxury in the UK capital. Fast-forward a decade and the experienced content creator and editor has put pen to paper for glossy magazines, busy newsrooms and coveted brands. When her OOO is on you can find her spending quality time with her young family, in the gym or exploring the city she loves.