Cessna 162

November 18, 2010 - 11:00am

Cessna is in the early stages of developing a new single-engine turboprop, but the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6-powered airplane that spotters have seen flying around Wichita is not the prototype for the new airplane, according to Cessna chairman, president and CEO Jack Pelton. That airplane, he said, is a testbed for technologies such as de-icing and environmental control systems.

October 19, 2010 - 9:29am

The next step for the Experimental Aviation Association’s Young Eagles will be to develop a group of integrated programs “that not only spark an interest in aviation among young people but build a practical bridge for each young person to continue toward his own aviation goal,” according to Brian O’Lena, EAA’s youth programs manager.

October 18, 2010 - 3:59pm

When Cessna canceled the large-cabin Citation Columbus last year, many wondered what the company would do next. Now we know: the Citation X will remain Cessna's flagship–for now. Yesterday the Wichita-based airframer unveiled a longer and slightly faster variant of its iconic mach 0.92 Mach speedster, first delivered in 1996, and rebranded it the Ten.

September 28, 2010 - 10:11am

Just three days after union production-line workers at Cessna Aircraft were forced by default to accept a new contract (see article on page 10), the Wichita-based manufacturer announced on September 21 that it is again reducing Citation production and, as a result, will lay off 700 more employees. Parent company Textron cited “continued weakness in new aircraft orders” as the reason for the action.

May 3, 2010 - 9:00am

“Cessna’s been through a rough 18 months,” said chairman, president and CEO Jack Pelton at an EBACE press conference this morning. While Cessna delivered 289 jets last year, it expects to ship only 225 this year, he said. “We’re calling 2010 the trough, and then we expect to see a long, slow recovery with improvement starting around 2011.

May 3, 2010 - 8:56am

“Cessna’s been through a rough 18 months,” said chairman, president and CEO Jack Pelton at an EBACE press conference this morning. While Cessna delivered 289 jets last year, it expects to ship only 225 this year, he said. “We’re calling 2010 the trough, and then we expect to see a long, slow recovery with improvement starting around 2011.

February 2, 2010 - 1:51am

Cessna Aircraft has completed all certification testing on its new Citation CJ4 business jet and is in the final stages of U.S. Federal Aviation Administration type certification approvals. Three CJ4 test aircraft have completed more than 1,100 flights and accumulated more than 2,000 flight hours.

October 20, 2009 - 3:22pm

Cessna Aircraft may have eschewed a presence on the floor of the convention hall, but it has its full line of production Citation business jets parked at the static display at Orlando Executive Airport.

Chairman, president and CEO Jack Pelton said at a press conference Monday the company decided to spend time with customers and came here with optimism that the business aviation market is thawing.

August 27, 2009 - 6:46am

That the annual EAA AirVenture show offers a mouth-watering and impossible-to-swallow cornucopia of everything aviation was never more evident than at this year’s event, where a colossal Airbus A380 shared the ramp at AeroShell Square with Burt Rutan’s most outlandish creation yet, the spaceship-launching Virgin Galactic WhiteKnightTwo built by the talented crew at Scaled Composites.

July 14, 2009 - 12:04pm

The large-cabin Cessna Citation Columbus program has been “formally cancelled,” according to a Form 8-K report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission late last week by Cessna Aircraft parent Textron. The move comes just a little more than two months after Textron’s decision “to suspend the development of the Citation Columbus widebody jet due to prevailing market conditions,” Textron said in the report.

 
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