The first production Citation CJ3 (S/N 001) entered flight test last month, three weeks ahead of schedule, according to Cessna. During the 1.5-hour flight, the aircraft was put through a full range of airspeed from stalls to Mmo and coupled approaches. S/N 001 will be used primarily for avionics development and certification. Cessna has dedicated three CJ3s to certification.
It has not been a good summer for the Cessna Citation 650 or 525. Last month, owners of the Cessna 650 Citation VII learned of a proposed AD (Docket No. 2002-NM-332-AD) that would require repetitive replacement of the horizontal stabilizer primary trim-actuator assembly with a repaired assembly.
The very light jet segment got a bit more crowded early last month when Westport, Conn.-based startup Avocet Aircraft and Israel Aircraft Industries publicly announced a partnership to develop a six- to eight-seat (including pilot) twinjet.
Cessna CitationJet 525, Van Nuys, Calif., Jan.
Cessna 525B Citation CJ3, Destin, Fla., July 3, 2008–No one was injured when the CitationJet slid off the runway at Destin’s Fort Walton Beach Airport. The jet is registered to M-A-M Leasing of Cleveland.
As the detail design phase for the large-cabin Columbus picks up speed, Cessna has expanded the program team to 500 people, up from 150. While the team completes the Columbus “architecture and layout planning so that the aircraft’s detail plans will merge into a master development schedule,” Cessna has revealed more of the suppliers that will build major parts of the airframe.
This week at the Farnborough airshow, Cessna said its largest CitationJet, the CJ4, remains on schedule for FAA certification in the second half of next year and initial deliveries in 2010. The Wichita-based aircraft manufacturer continues to fly the CJ4 prototype while working toward first flight of its first two production CJ4s and the start of production later this year.
Rockwell Collins Aviation Services and FlightSafety have developed a training program for Cessna CJ1 pilots designed to prepare students for the FSI type-rating program. Prerequisite Interactive Courseware (PICware), consisting of two interactive CD-ROM programs, will be offered through FlightSafety as part of its CJ1 pilot training program.
Jet-Care International has recently upgraded its corporate aircraft from a Piper Malibu piston single to a new Cessna CJ1. The UK-based specialist in aero-engine oil and debris analysis took delivery of the new aircraft in August and is keeping it busy with flights all around Europe, including to its new laboratory in Basel, Switzerland. The company also provides engine condition trend monitoring (ECTM) using gas path analysis (GPA).
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.