Cessna Aircraft and the Aviation Industry Corp. of China (Avic), this morning, are expected to give more details of their plans to begin joint production of business jets in China. The two companies are holding a press conference here at the ABACE show in Shanghai, following last Friday’s signing of two strategic agreements in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People.
The Cessna Citation M2, a CJ1+ derivative announced in late September at the NBAA Convention in Las Vegas, flew on Friday from the aircraft manufacturer’s headquarters at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport. According to Cessna, the M2 prototype’s inaugural flight lasted a little more than 1.5 hours and included tests of its Garmin avionics, autopilot, Williams engines and aircraft systems.
The Cessna Citation M2, a CJ1+ derivative launched in late September at the NBAA Convention in Las Vegas, achieved its maiden flight today from the aircraft manufacturer’s headquarters at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport.
Following damage to the aft spar of a Cessna 525 Citation CJ, Jet Aviation Zurich designed and built the necessary tools, including a wing support bench, an aircraft hoist, movable jacks and a fuselage support, to enable removal of the wings for mandatory OEM repair. Technicians glided the wings out from under the aircraft, one side at a time, and hoisted them into a handcrafted two-ton crate for transport.
“It was a big, heavy task that required more than 250 man-hours just to prepare for,” said Jakob Straub, vice president and general manager of Jet Aviation Zurich.
Spurred by sluggish demand for light and midsize jets and the threat from Brazil’s Embraer, Cessna has enlarged its midsize cabin cross-section and refreshed one of the lightest jets it builds. The new contenders were revealed last fall in the form of the 680A Latitude midsize and the M2 update of the CJ1+. They compete with, respectively, the Embraer Legacy 450 (slated for certification in late 2014 and service entry in early 2015) and the Phenom 100 (in service since 2009).
Ruag Aviation has announced it has obtained the EASA certification for maintenance on the Cessna Citation CJ4. As an authorized Cessna Service Center, Ruag’s Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany site has received Part 145 authorization for base and line maintenance on the CJ4.
Flight-training company Airline Transport Professionals (ATP) has agreed to buy up to 30 Piper Seminoles in a transaction that could be worth as much as $18 million.
Nearly three years ago exactly, in October 2008, I was sitting in the back of a Citation CJ1+ headed to the NBAA convention in Orlando, Fla. Lehman Brothers had collapsed two weeks earlier and there was a sentiment of caution and confusion surrounding the financial markets. NBAA 2008 ran from October 4 to 10.
New Cessna CEO Scott Ernest has taken the helm at a time when all eyes are on how the iconic Wichita airframer confronts the Embraer threat. Last month the company announced a revitalized CJ1+, known as the M2, to compete with, among others, the Phenom 100.
For pilots who need a Citation type rating, Carlsbad, Calif.-based Loft offers an alternative to the big three simulator training companies (FlightSafety International, SimCom and SimuFlite).