The FAA has proposed a $2.425 million civil penalty against Cessna Aircraft following the in-flight separation of portions of skin on the wing of a Corvalis piston single.
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.
Cessna has selected Parker Aerospace to supply the flight control system for its large-cabin Model 850 Citation Columbus. The contract is estimated at $400 million over the life of the program.
Cessna’s intended acquisition of Bend, Ore.-based Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing, announced late in September, will complement Cessna’s latest piston-engine development, the next-generation piston (NGP). Not much is known about the NGP; Cessna showed the all-composite high-wing, which is in flight test, at the 2006 EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wis., but only by flying it over the airfield, thereby denying attendees a close-up look.
Glenn Maben & Nathan Forrest
Legendary 1950s/1960s test pilot Scott Crossfield died alone in his Cessna T210 when it crashed in Georgia on April 19. He was 84.