Cessna Citation Excel
New Cessna CEO Scott Ernest has taken the helm at a time when all eyes are on how the iconic Wichita airframer confronts the Embraer threat. Last month the company announced a revitalized CJ1+, known as the M2, to compete with, among others, the Phenom 100.
Cessna Citation 560XL, Birmingham, Ala., Dec. 13, 2010–The twinjet experienced rudder binding while landing at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport at the conclusion of a Part 135 flight from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey. The Excel landed safely with no injuries to the passenger and two pilots. A post-flight examination of the tail cone revealed ice around the rudder control cables and pulleys.
An early takeoff for seasonal holiday-driven traffic provoked a steep spike in demand for private charter flights. According to the latest forward-looking index from online charter portal Avinode, projected demand for this month was more than 75 points up on the November 1 level at 167.35. The December 1 index was almost 80 points above that recorded on the same day last year.
Honeywell chose not to participate in the avionics selection opportunity for the new Citation Ten program, a Honeywell spokesman told AIN yesterday here at the NBAA Convention. “Honeywell was invited to continue its participation on the Citation X,” he said, “and greatly values our long-lasting relationship with Cessna and with Cessna operators.
The good news for Cessna Aircraft is that analysts expect the Wichita-based aircraft manufacturer to maintain its position as the business aircraft market leader in terms of volume over the next decade. But the bad news is that it will have to fight an ever-increasing amount of competition, most notably from Embraer, meaning the company must continue to be relentless in refreshing its business jet product lines and launching new ones.
Cessna 560XL Excel, White Plains, N.Y., May 28, 2010–The twinjet, operated by NetJets, sustained minor damage when the main cabin door opened shortly after takeoff from Westchester County Airport. After the door seal/cabin door annunciator light illuminated, the crew returned to the airport and the door opened on the downwind leg of the traffic pattern, prompting the crew to declare an emergency.
Cessna Aircraft said it will bring the Honeywell Primus Elite avionics system to the Citation X starting next year. Based on the Citation X’s current Honeywell Primus 2000 avionics system, the five-panel Elite system will feature high-resolution LCD graphics capability permitting viewing of electronic approach charts and XM satellite weather data.
Cessna has announced the Honeywell Primus Elite avionics suite will be available as a retrofit for the Citation X beginning next year. The company will be installing the system on new aircraft at the same time. A Cessna spokesman told AIN the work will be done exclusively by the company’s nine Citation factory service centers.
Demand for charter flights picked up during April, with the demand index generated by online charter portal Avinode standing at 117.86 on April 30, some 40 points up from the end of March, when the index stood at 77.21. The April 30 index was also almost 30 points up from the same day last year when it stood at 88.57. Charter rates have also shown some increases.