Sporty’s Pilot Shop, holder of Cessna Mustang position number 13, has decided it will raffle its new VLJ and donate the funds to the Sporty’s Foundation. The foundation was started in March of this year to help fund aviation education and safety programs, with an emphasis on attracting young people to the industry.
Cessna Citation Mustang
Garmin is encroaching on rival Avidyne’s turf with the announcement last month that the G1000 avionics system will be offered as optional equipment in the Piper Saratoga II TC and 6X.
Cessna last month was close to certifying a software update for the Citation Mustang’s G1000 avionics system after avionics maker Garmin in February uncovered a programming glitch. The problem is causing course deviation errors and a loss of some navigation cues on the map display when the pilot attempts to load a new arrival or departure procedure without deleting a previously loaded procedure.
The life of a component supplier is a difficult one in the aerospace and business aviation industries. Being dependent on the airframe manufacturers for business severely limits a company’s ability to expand to new markets. But at least one engine manufacturer is having a good go of it these days.
Late last month Cessna delivered its third Mustang, its first to a retail customer. The previous two deliveries were leased back to the manufacturer as demonstrators, as is customary for new aircraft. The airplane went to snow ski manufacturer Dave Goode, who was also the first customer typed in the aircraft. Perhaps a sign of things to come, Goode is also a private pilot with an instrument rating.
One month ahead of schedule, the first Citation Mustang production aircraft (S/N 0001) took to the air on Monday. The very light jet (VLJ) flew exactly two hours, performing basic systems and avionics checks, including engaging the autopilot, testing handling characteristics, operating the gear and flaps, activating the de-ice system and evaluating engine response and performance.
As deliveries of very light jets (VLJs) begin, concerns that they might be difficult to insure have almost evaporated. Manufacturers have had the chance to brief underwriters in depth about their models’ designs, performance characteristics and systems.
Given their current predicaments, Eclipse Aviation and Sino Swearingen share some similarities. Both start-up OEMs have found the money and overcome the adversity to earn type certificates for their jets despite major setbacks and industry naysayers.
When big crowds transit through Wilson Air Center’s Charlotte, N.C. FBO it’s usually because there is a Nascar race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. On March 2, however, the 650 people who filled the Wilson hangar came to see not race cars but a gathering of very light jets and jet mockups.
Enviro Systems of Seminole, Okla., was selected by Cessna to supply the vapor-cycle air conditioning system for the Citation Mustang very light jet. Meanwhile, Ducommun AeroStructure in California will manufacturer all of the airframe skin panels for the Eclipse 500 very light jet. Eclipse Aviation also disclosed that Enaer of Chile will be responsible for the aircraft’s nose assembly structure.