Cessna Aircraft yesterday launched the massive volunteer effort for the airlift of athletes to the Special Olympics, introducing actor, pilot and Citation owner Harrison Ford as the honorary chairman of the 2010 airlift. The 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games will be held in Lincoln, Neb., and this will be the sixth time that Cessna has organized the airlift. More than 2,000 athletes and coaches are expected to participate.
AINalerts » October 6, 2008
Epic Aircraft plans to certify the Victory and Escape prototypes in the U.S., according to chairman and CEO Rick Schrameck. The company is still pursuing certification of the Dynasty turboprop single in Canada, but has not released a timeline for the certification. Epic has completed 300 hours of testing on the Dynasty to date.
Stevens Aviation, buoyed by market reception of its Lear4Ever avionics and airframe modification package for the Learjet 35, today announced expansion of its Select Suite of aircraft targeted for the same level of avionics modernization to include some other popular models.
On Sunday, Diamond Aircraft flew its D-Jet for the first time with the new Williams International FJ33-5A engine (formerly designated FJ33-19), the production powerplant for the single-engine personal jet. D-Jet S/N 003–the first production-conforming copy of the airplane now that the -5A has been installed–was flown by chief test pilot Daniel Ribeiro and flight test engineer Gerard Struthers.
Conceding that the market has suffered a “significant slowdown” in the U.S. and Europe in the past few months, Dassault chairman and CEO Charles Edelstenne, speaking at an NBAA breakfast gathering today, noted nevertheless that the order book at Dassault Falcon remains “solid, with very few cancellations.” He said that the company has sold 500 aircraft worldwide over the past three years.