As the business aviation industry awakens from its three-year slumber, start-up and established manufacturers hope that their aircraft now in the works, as well as those that recently received certification, will take sales revenue to new heights. While this list of new aircraft includes many derivatives, more than half of the proposed aircraft are actually clean-sheet designs.
Cessna Citation X
Worldwide deliveries of turbine business airplanes in the first quarter plunged more than 24 percent, to 201 units, compared with the 266 units shipped in the first quarter last year, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, which now reports deliveries of non-U.S. as well as U.S. manufacturers.
Over the last few years China has seen a marked increase in based turbine business aircraft operations. In fact, there are now more than 40 turbine business aircraft registered in the country. One of the most recent such endeavors is a contract by the China Bureau of General Aviation for two Citation XLS business jets to be used for flight-inspection missions.
Rolls-Royce and Cessna celebrated delivery of the 5,000th Citation here yesterday, a Citation X powered by two 6,442-pound-thrust Rolls-Royce AE3007C turbofans. Ian Aitken (right), president of Rolls-Royce Corporate & Regional Aircraft, presented an award to Cessna chairman, president and CEO Jack Pelton at the Rolls-Royce booth.
Cessna Citation CJ4
The Citation CJ4 takes the single-pilot CitationJet into a higher-performance realm while retaining the signature characteristics of what used to be Cessna’s entry-level jet series. The CJ4’s new features should make it easier to fly and maintain than other members of the Citation line.
Local pilot Brian Ross is a big fan of Aviation Partners winglets after adding the efficiency-improving devices to all four of his employer’s Hawker Beechcraft Hawker 800s. Ross is director of operations for Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), the soft-drink distribution company that is partially owned by Coca-Cola. CCE’s Hawker 800s are hangared at a corporate facility at Fulton County Airport/Brown Field. Aviation Partners (Booth No.
The first winglet-equipped Cessna Citation X made its maiden flight yesterday from Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport, just a day after the collaborative program between Cessna and Winglet Technology was announced here.
It was one year ago, at the NBAA Convention in Orlando, that Cessna took the wraps off its concept for a large-cabin long-range business jet (code-named LCC) and began a “what do you think of this?” process that continues at this year’s convention, after appearances by the mockup at EBACE in Geneva and the Paris Air Show earlier this year.
Gulfstream Aerospace, for the second year in a row, achieved the highest overall score for product support (pertaining to its original models), according to the results of an annual AIN survey of turbine business aircraft operators. Cessna Citation also repeated its previous performance by coming in second, with customers giving the Wichita manufacturer an even higher overall score than last year.
Rolls-Royce, widely known for heavy engines, such as the Trent powering the Airbus A380 and Boeing B747, is in fact a pre-eminent provider of business jet engines and claims a 34 percent share of that market. The company delivered 328 engines for corporate aircraft last year, up from 250 in 2005. Rolls-Royce’s involvement with business aircraft began in 1958 with the Dart-powered Gulfstream I twin turboprop.