Cessna Aircraft is here at EBACE, sailing high after the successful first flight of its Citation CJ4 prototype early this month. The Wichita, Kansas- based airframer said the two-hour and 22-minute flight, which reached an altitude of 16,000 feet, consisted of flight maneuvers aimed at evaluating stability and control along with initial control systems evaluations.
CESSNA 525A, NOVATO, CALIF., FEB. 7, 2002–According to preliminary NTSB reports, the 2001 CitationJet overran the runway at the Gnoss Field Airport (DVO). The pilot shot the GPS approach to Runway 13. ASOS reports at the time of the accident showed winds from 230 deg at 11 kt gusting to 17 kt.
Goodrich announced during last month’s NBAA Convention the long-anticipated receipt of TSO and STC approvals for its LandMark terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS), which has been selected by Cessna as standard equipment on the new CJ3 and as special equipment options aboard the CJ1 and CJ2.
Rockwell Collins emerged a winner at the NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla., last month with the announcement that the Cedar Rapids, Iowa company’s Pro Line 21 avionics system has been selected as standard for two airplanes launched during the show–the Cessna Citation CJ3 and the Gulfstream G150.
“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,” according to Cessna v-p of service facilities Jim Morgan.
The Cessna Citation CJ4 prototype successfully achieved a two-hour 22-minute maiden flight yesterday morning, taking off from McConnell AFB in Wichita and landing at nearby Mid-Continent Airport. “It was an outstanding first flight,” said Cessna senior engineering test pilot Dan Morris, who flew the aircraft with engineering flight-test manager Dave Bonifield as copilot.
By almost any measure NBAA’s annual convention, held September 10 to 12 in Orlando, Fla., can be considered a rousing success.
Cessna Aircraft racked up orders for 156 Citation CJ3s (of which 100 are for NetJets and 25 for CitationShares) in the two days following its launch on the opening day of last month’s NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla. The new CJ3 is a stretched derivative of the hot-selling Citation CJ2–itself a stretched derivative of its popular CitationJet/CJ1.
The Chinese proverb “may you live in interesting times” certainly seems appropriate for manufacturers and would-be manufacturers of new business airplanes. Interesting times indeed: with the weaker than expected economic recovery, and the specter of a possible double-dip recession, even some established, well financed business aircraft manufacturers are stretching out timelines for their respective new products.
Cessna 525B CitationJet CJ3, Stuart, Fla., March 8, 2008–The NTSB blamed the crew’s failure to reset the brake circuit breaker before taxiing for the airplane’s collision with an unoccupied parked airplane when the brakes didn’t work. The first officer had pulled the brake circuit breaker two days earlier when updating the Jeppesen database to keep the brake hydraulic motor from continuously cycling.