In the Works: Cessna Citation Columbus

 - July 29, 2008, 10:50 AM

As the detail design phase for the large-cabin Columbus picks up speed, Cessna has expanded the program team to 500 people, up from 150. While the team completes the Columbus “architecture and layout planning so that the aircraft’s detail plans will merge into a master development schedule,” Cessna has revealed more of the suppliers that will build major parts of the airframe. Vought Aircraft Industries is building the wing and two Spirit AeroSystems divisions are building the fuselage (Wichita) and empennage (Europe). More than 1,000 employees will be based
at a new Columbus plant at Cessna’s Wichita headquarters. The company expects to earn FAA certification of the Columbus by the end of 2013.