By almost any measure NBAA’s annual convention, held September 10 to 12 in Orlando, Fla., can be considered a rousing success.
Cessna Citation X
The longer you’ve been around business aviation, the more you’ve witnessed the revolution in the way manufacturers approach the long-term reliability and maintainability of their aircraft. The shrinking maintenance force, combined with the tightening of corporate budgets, is putting the squeeze on OEMs to deliver more capable, reliable and cost-effective aircraft.
Fall 2001 may not have been the most auspicious time to launch a new business strategy, but for Elliott Aviation its ambitious business plan for the next half-decade is showing signs of success, despite a faltering economy and the impact of September 11 on business aviation.
Diagnostics of the airplane’s engine indication and crew alert system (EICAS) indicate that a Cessna Citation X (N750WM) that rolled off the side of a JFK Airport runway April 3 had hydraulic problems, according to the NTSB preliminary report. The WM Aviation-registered jet veered right off Runway 13L and collided with a dirt divider, suffering substantial damage.
Considering the circumstances, NBAA, its membership and participants in the association’s 2001 convention in New Orleans were generally satisfied, despite the reduced numbers of attendees and exhibitors. This year, despite a struggling U.S. economy, show organizers for the Orlando event expect a show equal in scale to what had originally been anticipated in New Orleans.
Spriggs completed the first test run of the Citation Sovereign’s Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306C engines on January 11. Said Rice, “The test run went well and the program is on schedule. The engines were calibrated at all power settings up to takeoff thrust and the thrust reversers have also been tested.” On January 26 the pilots completed the first taxi test of the prototype.
Ending protracted speculation about how it would address the aging fuselage cross section of its large-cabin business jets, Gulfstream Aerospace last month took the wraps off the G650, which will topple (but initially not replace) the G550 from its perch as the top Gulfstream business jet when it enters service in the first half of 2012.
Cessna has ruled out the addition of winglets to its Citation X high-speed business jet, after investigating the modification and concluding that there was not a sufficiently strong case for doing so. AIN had confirmed that the airframer had submitted an application with the FAA for certification of the winglets and that these were to have been fitted on production aircraft starting with S/N 222.
As most in the industry have come to understand, business aviation follows the general economy, but lags behind it by a year or two. The last few years were no exception.
Ending protracted speculation about how it would address the aging fuselage cross section of its large-cabin business jets, Gulfstream Aerospace this morning unveiled the G650, which will topple (but initially not replace) the G550 from its perch as the top Gulfstream business jet when it enters service in the first half of 2012.