More Citations Needed for Special Olympics Airlift

 - January 17, 2007, 6:07 AM

Cessna is calling for an additional 260 Citation owners and operators from among NBAA attendees to meet the target total of 400 aircraft for the fifth annual Citation Special Olympics Airlift, July 2 to 7 next year at Iowa State University in Ames. The event will be the largest ever, with the need to carry more than 2,500 athletes, coaches and delegates. Though the targeted 400 aircraft would be the highest participation to date, the growth in the Citation fleet since the airlift began in 1987 with 132 Citations, means that the percentage of participation would be smaller. Aircraft are needed for two Saturdays, July 1 and July 8, for trip times of 1.5 to three hours each day. Participating Citations would depart from approximately 35 states to the Des Moines International Airport.