Cessna CitationJet CJ2 525A, Newnan, Ga., July 15, 2005–The NTSB said the CitationJet’s collision with a localizer antenna was caused by the pilot’s delay in aborting the landing and his failure to maintain obstacle clearance. The Safety Board listed as contributing factors hydroplaning and the localizer antenna.
Cessna has recently added online access to Service Bulletins and Letters for all Citation models at its support Web site (www.cessnasupport.com). In addition, all available pertinent documents are now accessible online specifically for the 525B, 680 and 750. Only documents from May 5, 2005, to the present are available for the remaining Citation models.
For the first time, AIN is identifying which aircraft have been added to or deleted from the “In The Works” charts because of the volume of changes this month.
The deletions: Cessna Citation CJ2+, certified on October 3; and Safire Jet, which is being put “on the shelf” due to a lack of progress since Safire Aircraft declared bankruptcy in June 2003.
How has this year been for Cessna?
The upgrade parade that has been a hallmark of recent NBAA Conventions continued to march along pretty much unabated at last month’s show in Orlando, Fla., where no fewer than seven new models made triumphant debut appearances, but only one entirely new airplane bowed in–and it was a very light jet (VLJ) from a start-up company few people had ever heard of before the show.
Market surveys have guided industry sages for decades, and Honeywell’s and Rolls-Royce’s prog- nostications this year certainly told business aviation what it wants to hear. Both outlooks bear good news. Though the two reports do not agree in all aspects and use some significantly different parameters, the overall message is uniform: look for strong performance in the business aviation sector for the next decade or two.
Start-up Spectrum Aeronautical of Encinitas, Calif., joined the crowded very light jet segment last month when it unveiled a nine-seat, $3.65 million all-composite VLJ at the NBAA Convention. Managing director Linden Blue (known to many as the father of the Beech Starship) bills the 7,300-pound-mtow Spectrum 33–powered by a pair of Williams International FJ33 engines–as a “full-size airplane at half the weight.”
More than eight months after the start of reduced vertical separation minimums (RVSM) in North America, about 70 percent of U.S.-registered business aircraft are approved for RVSM operations, and only four models have achieved 100-percent fleet compliance, according to data provided by technical consulting firm CSSI.
Air Partner International has started offering its Jet Membership Program fixed-rate charter package throughout Europe, having launched it in the UK last year. It is already available to customers in North America through Air Partner’s new alliance with U.S.-based Sentient Jet. The program provides fixed rates in three Citation models in increments of 25, 50 and 75 charter hours.