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.
Cessna has been a dominant force in business jet manufacturing for more than three decades, rolling out new Citation models at a pace that has kept buyers satisfied and competitors on their toes.
The NTSB today issued several recommendations to the FAA regarding the Cessna Citation 525's trim system. These actions likely stem from the June 4 fatal crash of a Citation II after the pilot reported a “trim runaway” since the CitationJet has a similar trim system.
On September 10, Walled Lake, Mich.-based Williams International received FAA type certification of its new 1,568-pound-thrust FJ33-4A. The company will follow this milestone with the introduction of yet another turbofan engine.
“The brake system and emergency brake system were functionally checked, and no abnormalities were noted,” according to an NTSB preliminary investigation report of the Citation CJ2 that ran off the runway into the water trying to land at Bader Field, Atlantic City, N.J., on May 15. “The anti-skid system could not be tested, due to saltwater damage,” the Safety Board said.
Fractional ownership operator CitationShares has officially launched its Vector JetCard program, allowing individuals and companies to pre-pay for 25 hours of private flight time on CitationShares-operated aircraft.