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.
Cessna Citation X
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.
Cessna announced today that it is partnering with Winglet Technology of Wichita to offer the company’s patented elliptical winglets as a retrofit later this year for in-service Citation Xs. Though flight testing won’t begin until later this summer, Winglet Technology president Bob Kiser told AIN the design has been shown to “significantly improve performance” on hot days at higher elevations.
Marquis Jet is now marketing a 25-hour card that gives users access to 12.5 hours in each of two different aircraft types. The new card combines aircraft types with different seating and baggage configurations, amenities and distance capabilities. The company offers two different versions of the new card: a Citation Excel/Hawker 400XP combination and a Citation X/Citation Excel combo.
Premier Air Center of East Alton, Ill., has deep roots in the general aviation community. It began in 1947 as Walston Aviation on St. Louis Regional Airport and became one of the largest Cessna dealers in the world. The business changed hands a few times, eventually becoming Premier Air Center in 1984. In 2002 a group of investors, including Sam Haycraft, Mike Durst and Jim Swehla, acquired the company.
New wingtip technology that “will raise eyebrows” is being developed by Aviation Partners and may be revealed at the EBACE show this week. Declining to reveal details ahead of time, chief executive Joe Clark told EBACE Convention News a few weeks ago that satisfactory completion of flight testing could permit him to announce the novel wingtip devices here in Geneva. The U.S.
Piaggio markets the P180 Avanti as offering close to jet speed and a generously proportioned cabin that can seat up to nine passengers (but more typically is configured for six or seven). Innovative aerodynamics give the aircraft its cutting edge, featuring laminar flow optimized throughout the low-drag fuselage.