Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer is a relative newcomer to the business aviation market. Five years ago the company was best known for producing many regional jets and its only business airplane was the Legacy, a corporate version of the ERJ 135.
Cessna joined the wings and fuselage of the third CJ4 in mid-May, marking major assembly of the first CJ4 in Cessna’s new assembly line using production tooling. The first two production CJ4s were also assembled on production tooling, but not on the new assembly line.
Dr. Sam Williams, founder and chairman of Williams International, died yesterday at the age of 88, according to a statement issued by his company. Williams patented the small turbofan engine and built on his company’s successful development of tiny cruise missile engines to break into the rarefied world of civil turbine engine manufacturers with introduction of the FJ44 line of turbofans.
No one has had it easy in business aviation these past six months, and Cessna has certainly had its share of knocks with enforced reductions in production capacity and a sudden decision to suspend development of its new Columbus model. But the U.S. airframer believes that it and the rest of the industry are about to turn the corner into more encouraging economic times.
The EASA’s flat fee for a type certificate for a fixed-wing aircraft with an mtow of between 5.7 and 22 metric tons (encompassing the Cessna Citation CJ3 to the Falcon 900 series) is e1.06 million ($1.48 million). For a rotorcraft, it ranges from e20,000 to e525,000 ($28,000 to $735,000). Additional annual fees are levied to pay for the administration processes that ensure continued airworthiness.
Cessna has delivered the first Citation XLS+ to an undisclosed U.S.-based customer. The aircraft achieved FAA certification on May 30, and EASA certification is expected to be complete early this year. Cessna has taken orders for more than 200 of the midsize XLS upgrade, which features the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite and P&WC electronically controlled (fadec) engines.
The launch of the super-midsize Gulfstream G250 at October’s NBAA Convention added yet another program to the growing list of contract wins for the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics system. Four OEMs have selected the Fusion cockpit to fly aboard seven business jet models spanning the Bombardier Global 5000 and Global Express XRS, Cessna Citation Columbus, Learjet 85, Embraer Legacy 450 and 500 and, now, the G250.
Cessna Aircraft has bolstered its fast-growing presence in the Middle East by naming long-time sales representative Wallan Aviation in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as an authorized service center for 500-series Citation business jets.
Over the past few years executive charter brokers complained that there were not enough suitable aircraft available in the Middle East to meet the spiraling demand for private flying. But with each passing month, more new jets are flocking to this part of the world, boosting the fleets of local operators and correcting the supply/demand imbalance.
New aircraft models generate lots of excitement and interest. But David Wyndham, vice president and co-owner of aircraft data company Conklin & de Decker, Orleans, Massachusetts, argues against buying any new model until all of its bugs have been identified and rectified.
“If you’re interested in the latest design, be patient and sign up for around serial number 75 or later,” Wyndham said. He cited five reasons for his advice: