The first production Citation CJ3 (S/N 001) entered flight test last month, three weeks ahead of schedule, according to Cessna. During the 1.5-hour flight, the aircraft was put through a full range of airspeed from stalls to Mmo and coupled approaches. S/N 001 will be used primarily for avionics development and certification. Cessna has dedicated three CJ3s to certification.
Aviation International News » August 2003
With the exception of Raytheon Aircraft and Embraer, jet manufacturers suffered significant delivery losses in this period. Shipments of new business jets in the first half of this year tumbled nearly 37 percent compared with the first half of last year, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.
The FAA is reviewing a proposed noise-compatibility program for Florida’s Witham Field and is expected either to approve or disapprove the program by next January. Public comments, which are due by September 30, should be submitted to FAA, Orlando Airports District Office, 5950 Hazeltine National Dr., Suite 400, Orlando, FL 32822.
Two business jet accidents within two weeks at Groton-New London Airport, Conn., have renewed safety concerns and allegations by local residents of a lack of response to noise complaints. On August 4 a Learjet 35 crashed while attempting to land at the Connecticut airport. The two pilots were killed and at least two homes were destroyed. On August 17, a Learjet 25 ran off the runway at Groton, following birdstrikes and an aborted takeoff.
It’s fitting that the first museum to which Raytheon Aircraft is donating a Beech Starship–the Kansas Aviation Museum–is located in Wichita, the city where the composite twin-turboprop pusher was conceived, designed and built. In June Raytheon Aircraft disclosed to AIN (July, page 1) that it planned to destroy all 50 Starships produced because continued support is cost prohibitive.
As of mid-August, 79 people from 31 Part 91 flight departments had participated in several Transportation Security Administration Access Certificate (TSAAC) training sessions at two New York metropolitan airports: Westchester County (HPN) and Morristown (MMU).
Arinc Direct, the business aviation arm of Annapolis, Md.-based Arinc, has introduced an RVSM modification and certification package for the Cessna 500 series that uses the Shadin ADC-6000 dual air-data computer with right-side altimeter. Arinc Direct can provide all the needed aircraft modifications, and can perform them at its location or a site chosen by the customer.
Flight-department personnel are invited to post resumés on www.jetresumes.biz, a new Web site developed by a corporate pilot and the principal of Jet Consulting Services in Atlanta. Through January 31, pilots, flight attendants, mechanics, dispatchers and others may post resumés at no charge. Starting February 1, resumé posting will cost $4.95 a month or $50 a year.
With the final demolition dust settling over what used to be Meigs Field, the question now becomes, “What would keep this from happening elsewhere in the future?” Last month, crews resumed the destruction of Chicago’s idyllic lakefront airport to the dismay of aviation groups, including Friends of Meigs Field and AOPA, which had led the fight to save the long embattled facility.
Gulfstream last month proved the old axiom: “Double your pleasure, double your fun; get two certificates instead of one.” In what is believed to be a first in the company’s more than 40-year history, Gulfstream received both a type certificate and a production certificate on the same day for the same airplane.