In another sign of an economic recovery of some measure within business aviation, Cessna confirmed it plans to add 400 workers to its current Wichita employment level of 8,100. An increase in scheduled bizjet deliveries this year and next, along with the introduction of new Citation models, prompted the hiring, a Cessna official said.
The NTSB has recommended that the FAA require an aural trim-in-motion warning in the Cessna CitationJet 525 to alert pilots of a runaway trim. The Safety Board made the recommendation, along with three others that address runaway trim, last month in response to the 2003 Citation 525 crash in Coupeville, Wash., in which the pilot was forced to ditch the aircraft in the waters near Whidbey Island following a runaway trim.
Cessna Citation CJ4
The Citation CJ4 takes the single-pilot CitationJet into a higher-performance realm while retaining the signature characteristics of what used to be Cessna’s entry-level jet series. The CJ4’s new features should make it easier to fly and maintain than other members of the Citation line.
PlaneSense is the world’s largest operator of PC-12s and, according to its president and CEO, George Antoniadis, it intends to hold the same ranking among SPn operators. The company thought long and hard about how to develop its fleet to build on the success achieved by the Swiss-built turboprop single.
Premier Aircraft brought two of its newly certified Dassault Falcon 50 Dash4s to the NBAA static display, the first time the modified Falcon 50 has been shown at an NBAA show.
SimCom Training Centers, which operates training facilities in Orlando and Vero Beach, Fla., and Glendale and Scottsdale, Ariz., announced additions to its simulator fleet and a recently leased facility. The facility is the former 40,000-sq-ft Lockheed Martin Training Center in Orlando, and it houses three simulators: a new Beechjet 400A level C, a Dornier 328 Jet level D and a Jetstream 41 level C.
It was one year ago, at the NBAA Convention in Orlando, that Cessna took the wraps off its concept for a large-cabin long-range business jet (code-named LCC) and began a “what do you think of this?” process that continues at this year’s convention, after appearances by the mockup at EBACE in Geneva and the Paris Air Show earlier this year.
The Cessna Citation CJ4 and XLS+ are “moving efficiently” through the development process toward certification, Cessna said today at the NBAA Convention. Detail design for the CJ4 is nearing completion and the first full wing was recently completed for the fuel test article. Cessna said the $8 million CJ4 is on schedule for first flight during the first half of next year, with entry into service planned for the first half of 2010.
The latest member of the CitationJet family, the CJ4, is beginning to take shape on jigs and fixtures at Cessna’s headquarters in Wichita. “The first test airplane is in build status,” said Norm Baker, Citation CJ4 program manager. “We have a lot of parts and pieces coming together and are looking forward to those loading into our major assembly jigs.”
The first Citation Mustang to be delivered to a European customer arrived in Europe earlier this month when British-based entrepreneur and pilot Jane Howell landed at the London-area Farnborough Airport on September 5, having flown the new light jet across the Atlantic from Wichita.