Cessna unveiled a new entry-level jet at the NBAA Convention last month. Called the Citation Mustang, the new twin turbofan will be powered by either the Williams FJ33 or the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW615, producing somewhere between 1,350 and 1,450 lb of thrust each. An announcement about the winner of that competition is expected by year-end.
The Mustang’s fully equipped price of $2.295 million (good through the end of this year) will likely cause palpitations among companies selling new turboprop singles and twins costing as much and more, but not at Eclipse Aviation, whose Eclipse 500 twinjet carries a price tag of $837,500 (June 2000 $). And Piper president Chuck Suma, whose company builds the $1.75 million single-turboprop Meridian, said at NBAA that Cessna’s entry into this segment of the market gives it more credibility. Cessna said, “The Mustang will provide more speed, range and altitude capability than currently offered by any single- or multi-engine piston or turboprop aircraft.”
The choice for the glass-cockpit avionics will come “a little bit behind” the engine selection, Cessna chairman and CEO Russ Meyer told AIN. “The avionics package will be