Cessna is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, and the company’s 1 millionth customer was on hand here yesterday to mark his purchase of a Citation CJ3. Along with his wife, Anna, Juan Jose Bermudez will fly the CJ3 in the course of running his business, the Puerto Rican-based engineering firm of Bermudez & Longo.
According to Cessna’s v-p of service facilities Jim Morgan, “We are dedicated to expanding our worldwide Citation product network and doubling the capacity of our Cessna-owned service facilities during the next five years.” To keep up with the service requirements for the more than 3,700-strong (and growing) fleet of Citations, Cessna is expanding its Citation Service Centers here in Orlando and back at its home in Wichita.
Rolls-Royce North America has strengthened and reorganized the management of its Corporate Aircraft division. Ian Aitken, who previously had a split role as president of corporate aircraft and executive v-p of airlines for the Americas, will now be focusing entirely on the business aviation sector.
Goodrich Corp. announced this week receipt of TSO and STC approvals for its LandMark terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS), which has been selected by Cessna as a special equipment option aboard the CJ1 and CJ2.
Williams International today will formally unveil its latest and most powerful turbofan, the 3,000-lb-thrust FJ44-3, a pair of which will power Cessna’s new CJ3. Williams has flown a development version of the new turbofan, on a CJ2 testbed.
Rockwell Colllins emerged a winner yesterday with the announcement that the Cedar Rapids, Iowa company’s Pro Line 21 avionics system has been selected as standard for both the Cessna Citation CJ3 and the Gulfstream 150.
Cessna Aircraft is living up to its marketing tag line “Sure Thing” with the introduction yesterday afternoon of the Citation CJ3.
Wichita-based Cessna Aircraft is continuing to make progress on the development and certification activities of its super-midsize Citation Sovereign. Announced at the 1998 NBAA Convention, the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306C-powered Sovereign will have an NBAA IFR range exceeding 2,500 nm (two crew and eight passengers), an mtow of 29,250 lb, a 454-kt max cruise speed and a 47,000-ft ceiling.
Rockwell Collins announced that Cessna has selected its HGS-6000 head-up guidance system for the Citation Columbus, set to debut as the Wichita manufacturer’s first-ever HUD-equipped airplane when it enters service in 2014.
Cessna flew the first prototype CitationJet CJ4 on May 5, with senior engineering test pilot Dan Morris at the controls and engineering flight-test manager Dave Bonifield flying as copilot. During the two-hour, 22-minute flight, Morris and Bonifield conducted stability, control and initial systems evaluations and climbed to 16,000 feet. For more details on the CJ4 first flight, see story on page 3.