Cessna Aircraft today announced at the NBAA Convention that it will offer Aircell Gogo Biz high-speed airborne Internet as a factory option for the Citation CJ4, starting in the first quarter of next year. Cessna plans to certify the system on the light jet by January.
The business aviation industry, as well as the associated companies, grow when confidence is high and retract when it’s low. As the economy slogs along for the third year in a row, with matching weak confidence, the time is now for the business aircraft manufacturers to announce bold plans for new models at the 2011 NBAA Convention next week in Las Vegas.
Cessna announced a new twinjet derivative yesterday to serve as a step-up for Mustang owners or as a higher entry-level Citation between the Mustang and CJ2+. Called the M2, the new entrant revives the CJ1+ airframe but with a Garmin G3000 avionics suite, 1,965-pound-thrust Fadec Williams FJ44-1AP-21 engines, subtle winglets and, compared with its predecessor, higher-quality interior furnishings and greater speed.
Robinson Helicopter CEO Kurt Robinson said his company has been working with the FAA for “some time” to address concerns about “mast rocking” on its R44 helicopters. On Tuesday, the NTSB issued five safety recommendations (A-11-82 through -86) related to this condition in the wake of several accidents/incidents recorded since 2006.
Cessna Aircraft delivered the first Citation CJ4 for charter operation in Europe early last month.Fred Eisele, CEO of Stuttgart-based Eisele Flugdienst, accepted the twinjet during a ceremony hosted by Atlas Air Service, the Cessna Citation authorized sales representative for Germany, at the Citation factory service center at Bremen Airport. The single-pilot-approved CJ4 gained type certification from the EASA in May.
A King Air 200, fitted with Aviator 200 powered by Thrane & Thrane, was on display at the Ebace convention in May.
The system delivers Internet and e-mail to WiFi-enabled smartphones, tablets and laptops at data transfer speeds up to 158 kbps–not a particularly high transfer rate, but reasonable in these economic times at a cost of approximately $75,000.
Cessna Aircraft’s Citation CJ4 obtained EASA type certification on May 18, some 14 months after receiving identical approval from the FAA. The CJ4 made its European debut at last year’s Ebace Convention in Geneva, and the first European delivery was made last October.
Cessna announced today that its newest Citation, the $9 million CJ4, has earned its European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification. The CJ4 obtained its U.S. Federal Aviation Agency ticket in March 2010, and debuted in Europe at EBACE last year.
Certified for single-pilot operation, the aircraft shares a common pilot rating with the other CJs in Cessna’s stable.
Cessna Aircraft has selected Aircell’s Aviator 300 satcom system as optional equipment for the Citation XLS+, Sovereign and Citation X starting with 2012 models. Broomfield, Colorado-based Aircell is a master distributor for Thrane & Thrane’s SwiftBroadband products, including the Aviator 200, 300 and 350 systems, and is displaying the full range of Aircell inflight connectivity products here at EBACE (Stand 1735).