Cessna 525 Citation, Leeds, UK, June 7, 2010–A fire in the starboard engine caused the twinjet to abort its takeoff from Leeds-Bradford International Airport. The CJ1+ then overshot the runway and came to rest near the airport’s perimeter fence. The pilot and copilot were rescued by a local fire department. The crew suffered minor injuries, and the airplane was substantially damaged.
The Garmin G1000 glass cockpit system on Tuesday received FAA STC approval for Cessna CitationJets. According to Garmin, the approval for the RVSM-compliant system covers S/Ns 0001 through 0359. The G1000 suite weighs 100 pounds less than the original avionics and allows pilots to fly Waas approaches with Garmin’s GFC 700 autopilot, as well as have electronic charts, datalink weather and an optional synthetic vision system.
Opera Aircraft Sales has become a sales agent for Gulfstream business aircraft in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania. The company, which is based in the Slovak capital Bratislava, is part of the same group as charter operator OperaJet, which operates two Cessna Citation CJ3s, a CJ2, a CJ and a Mustang. It is due to add a Dassault Falcon 2000 this month.
Dramatic photos circulating on the Internet purporting to show a Williams International FJ44-3A-24 installed on a Cessna Citation CJ2+ destroyed by exposure to volcanic ash from the recent eruption in Iceland are “complete fiction,” according to Brad Thress, Cessna vice president of product support. The incident occurred about a month before the April eruption, he said. “It’s viral,” Thress said.
The 10th annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) is set to open next week in Geneva (May 4 to 6). Organizers NBAA and the European Business Aviation Association said they are encouraged by a 30-percent increase in advance visitor registrations compared with last year’s show.
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Swiss PrivateAviation, the Swiss International Air Lines subsidiary that expanded its sales activities in March by taking over responsibility for Lufthansa Private Jet, announced here at the show yesterday that it is actively seeking to manage larger private aircraft, including the Airbus A380. It will do this by leveraging the resources of the wider Lufthansa Group in areas such as maintenance and training.
Cessna Aircraft has brought 10 of the company’s current in-production fleet to the EBACE 2010 static display, including eight Citation jets (Mustang, CJ1+, CJ2+, CJ3, the newly certified CJ4, XLS+, Sovereign and X), a Grand Caravan single-engine turboprop and a piston-engine 400 Corvalis TT.
Rockwell Collins will be offering the Venue HD cabin management system as an aftermarket upgrade for business aircraft. It has now been certified on the new Hawker Beechcraft King Air 350i turboprop twin and Cessna Citation CJ4.
Cessna Aircraft last month announced the introduction of wide-area augmentation system (Waas) avionics upgrades for the Citation CJ1+, CJ2+, CJ3 and Encore+ as well as certain Citation Excel and XLS airplanes. Cessna has obtained a service bulletin for the installations in the CJ models and Encore+. Waas can be added to Excel and XLS models equipped with the Universal Avionics UNS-1Espw flight management system.