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.
Cessna Citation Sovereign
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 Aircraft last month during Asian Aerospace 2009 in Hong Kong received an order for three Citation Sovereigns from the China Flight Inspection Center (CFIC) of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). The three new Sovereigns will complement CFIC’s existing fleet of eight Citation XLS/XLS+s. Cessna expects to receive CAAC type validation of the Sovereign by year-end. Deliveries to CFIC are expected to start late next year.
Egyptian charter operator Smart Aviation is preparing to take delivery of the first two Cessna Citation Sovereigns to be certified for medical evacuation work using the LifePort dual-patient cabin interior package. In June, LifePort certified its Patient Loading Utility System for use with a single patient on the Sovereign.
Despite the financial shockwaves emanating from Wall Street, engine and avionics manufacturer Honeywell Aerospace sees a strong appetite for business airplanes in the next 10 years based on results of its newly released 17th annual market forecast.
Calling it one of the most complex design efforts ever undertaken in the field of avionics, Honeywell engineering executives were popping champagne corks last month in celebration of the freshly issued FAA papers certifying the Primus Epic integrated avionics system.
In those first 100 years, the human race soared from Kill Devil Hills, N.C., to the moon and back, and the corporate aircraft eventually became the boardroom and the office. But as NBAA gathers in central Florida for the second year in a row–and just two years removed from 9/11– security and access to airports and airspace have taken on new urgency and meaning.
Ongoing software integration problems are forcing at least two airframe manufacturers into the unenviable position of having to stretch aircraft certification schedules to give Honeywell engineers time to troubleshoot a variety of technical issues that are manifesting themselves in the Primus Epic avionics system.
Cessna received FAA certification of the Citation XLS+ on June 2. New features of this upgraded version of the Excel/XLS series include Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics, fadec-controlled Pratt & Whitney Canada PW545C engines, seven-knot faster maximum cruise speed, extended nose contour and expanded seat widths. Deliveries of the $11.595 million XLS+ should begin by year-end.
Precision Pattern of Wichita, a subsidiary of DeCrane Aircraft’s Cabin Management Group, has been selected by Cessna Aircraft to provide cabinetry for the Citation Sovereign and the recently announced Citation CJ3. PPI (Booth No. 1133) provided the cabinetry for both the Sovereign and CJ3 mockups at NBAA (Booth No. 5277), including galleys, closets, entertainment cabinets, storage cabinets, tables, arm ledges, bulkheads and vanity assemblies.