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 X
Nextant Aerospace received FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) approval last month for its 400XT conversion for the Beechjet 400A and Hawker 400XP. The company also announced that it is beginning a program to offer winglets on the jet and already has begun to study the next aircraft for conversion, according to Nextant president James Miller.
Nextant Aerospace received FAA STC approval for the 400XT–the model name for its remanufactured Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP–yesterday.
Ever since automaker CEOs went private jet-in-hand to Washington seeking bail-out bucks in 2008, business aircraft have become the political pinata of choice for certain members of the elected, who mistakenly see attacking executive contrails as surefire re-election rhetoric.
Cessna Aircraft has picked Aircell to provide air/ground connectivity for its three larger aircraft–the Citation XLS+, Citation Sovereign and Citation Ten.
Hardware includes the Aviator 300 satellite communications terminal developed by Denmark’s Thrane & Thrane and Aircell’s own Axxess cabin communications system. The Aviator 300 will support global voice and data at up to 332 kbps.
Gulfstream G650 S/N 6004 recently demonstrated the modelπs high-speed cruising capabilities, flying more than 1,900 nm in 3 hours and 26 minutes. While the aircraft averaged an impressive groundspeed of 550 knots on the coast-to-coast flight, it wasn't a civil record–in February 2003 Steve Fossett flew his Cessna Citation X from San Diego to Charleston, S.C., in 2 hours 56 minutes, averaging almost 632 knots thanks to a strong tailwind.
For a year marked by a lackluster recovery in flight activity, tepid used aircraft sales and continued slow sales of new light and midsize jets, there was a surprising amount of activity in new aircraft programs.
Despite recent industry forecasts that call for 2011 to look much like 2010, Mark Paolucci, Cessna Aircraft's new senior vice president of sales and marketing, said at the company's MEBA press conference yesterday, "We are seeing increased activity in new and used aircraft sales. That's a much better sign than this time last year. We are seeing light at the end of the tunnel." The U.S.
If Cessna were looking for a score on the new interior design for its Citation X upgrade, it might well be a 10.
A fuselage plug adds 15 inches to the cabin length, and a good five or six inches more seated legroom. The cabin will be 25 feet long, 5 feet 7 inches high and 5 feet 5 inches wide.
Cessna’s announcement at the NBAA Convention in October that it will bring Garmin’s new G5000 integrated avionics system to a stretched version of