Looking not unlike a T-tail compact version of its Sovereign stablemate, the Cessna Citation CJ4 should have earned its FAA credentials by the time these words are printed. At press time, Cessna said FAA certification of its newest business jet would happen “soon,” and that it would include single-pilot approval and a type rating common to all CJ-series Citations.
Cessna Aircraft has completed all certification testing of its new Citation CJ4 and is in the final stages of FAA type certification approvals, the company said today at the Singapore Airshow. Three CJ4 test aircraft have completed more than 1,100 flights and accumulated more than 2,000 flight hours.
Dr. Sam Williams, founder and chairman of engine manufacturer Williams International, died on June 22 at the age of 88. Best known in business aviation for his small turbofan engines, Williams envisioned a new category of small personal jets. His FJ44 engine spawned the development of aircraft such as Cessna’s CitationJet series and the Emivest SJ30.
Cessna Aircraft has partnered with Williams International to offer customers fixed hourly rates for engine maintenance on most Citation CJs. As part of Cessna’s ProAdvantage maintenance programs, Total Assurance Program (Tap) Advantage provides Citation CJ owners and operators more predictable engine maintenance costs for parts, labor and life-cycle components.
Cessna Aircraft rolled out the first production Citation CJ4 last month and sent it to the paint and interior shops for completion. FAA certification of the largest CJ is in the final stages, according to Cessna, and first deliveries will begin in the first half of next year. The CJ4 flight-test fleet has logged more than 1,000 flights.
The third-quarter airplane shipment numbers released last month by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) starkly demonstrate the effect the economic downturn has had on the OEMs so far this year, following last year’s record deliveries.
Cessna Aircraft may have eschewed a presence on the floor of the convention hall, but it has its full line of production Citation business jets parked at the static display at Orlando Executive Airport.
Chairman, president and CEO Jack Pelton said at a press conference Monday the company decided to spend time with customers and came here with optimism that the business aviation market is thawing.
Although not ready to call the market upticks of late a thawing of the business aviation marketplace, Cessna CEO Jack Pelton said he’s encouraged by a few recent signs that are trending positive.
Despite the recession, a significant number of new aircraft programs remain largely on track. OEMs such as Cessna, Dassault Falcon, Embraer, and Gulfstream all appear to be staying close to their development schedules, while Hawker Beechcraft has pushed back the Premier II until 2012 (from 2010). Newcomers Honda and Spectrum appear to have suffered some minor slippage, sending the earliest deliveries of those aircraft into 2011.
Pilatus Business Aircraft (Booth No. 228) reports that despite some cancellations and delivery deferrals of its single-engine Next Generation PC-12 this year, it has maintained production rates at its plant in Switzerland. The company is confident that the turboprop’s improved avionics, completely new cockpit and more powerful engine will see it through the global aerospace crisis.