Cessna Aircraft yesterday delivered the 100th Citation Mustang at the Independence, Kan. plant where it manufactures the very light jet. This commemorative Mustang went to long-time Cessna customer Supap Puranitee, a businessman in Thailand who put a deposit down on the jet the day it was launched at the 2002 NBAA Convention.
AINalerts » August 21, 2008
George Antoniadis, the president and CEO of Alpha Flying’s PlaneSense fractional ownership program, is standing by the company’s order for 25 Grob SPn midsize jets. “We do feel that it is the right aircraft for us, and at this time we’re sticking with it,” he told AIN. “We have not canceled our order.” Grob Aerospace filed for insolvency on Monday after a “loan provider” withdrew financial support of the SPn program.
With a strong vested interest in a revitalized Eclipse Aviation, Eclipse 500 suppliers are walking on eggshells when discussing planned production curbs of the very light jet through mid-2009, but their underlying message is clear: the slowdown will affect their businesses. The subject is so touchy for Eclipse 500 avionics display provider IS&S that it wouldn’t even refer to Eclipse Aviation by name.
Years after testing an unusually shaped “spiroid” winglet on a Gulfstream II, Aviation Partners remains “intensely interested” in continuing research into the efficiency-boosting winglets, according to a company spokesman. Spiroid winglets look like a long thin winglet ribbon that was heated to the malleable stage then twisted back onto the top of the wing.
Two weeks before Gulfstream Aerospace unveiled the G650 on March 13, a JP Morgan analyst report said the Savannah, Ga.-based aircraft manufacturer would launch two new aircraft models this year. It now appears that the launch of this second new Gulfstream–the G250, a successor to the super-midsize G200–is nearing and could possibly come at the NBAA Convention in October.