Cessna Aircraft yesterday confirmed that, global economic woes aside, it is moving forward on new product development projects, including the Citation Columbus and CJ4, as well as the Cessna 162 SkyCatcher light sport aircraft. “Despite the uncertainty of the world’s economic environment, we believe it is critical that we not compromise our future.
Cessna flew the first production Citation CJ4, S/N001, on August 19, a little more than three months after the first flight of the prototype. Production S/N 001 will fly avionics and systems certification tests, and S/N 002 will be used for function and reliability testing and company service tests.
Cessna Aircraft yesterday delivered the 100th Citation Mustang at the Independence, Kan. plant where it manufactures the very light jet. This commemorative Mustang went to long-time Cessna customer Supap Puranitee, a businessman in Thailand who put a deposit down on the jet the day it was launched at the 2002 NBAA Convention.
This week at the Farnborough airshow, Cessna said its largest CitationJet, the CJ4, remains on schedule for FAA certification in the second half of next year and initial deliveries in 2010. The Wichita-based aircraft manufacturer continues to fly the CJ4 prototype while working toward first flight of its first two production CJ4s and the start of production later this year.
Cessna has selected Innovative Power Solutions to provide power conversion for the new Citation CJ4 business jet. The custom-designed 125 amp, 3.75 kilowatt transformer rectifier unit (TRU) will provide full-rated DC output power at wide AC input frequency range down to 200Hz. The TRU chosen for the CJ4 expands on the IPS power conversion product portfolio, which includes the regulated transformer rectifier unit (RTRU).
Rockwell Collins announced that Cessna has selected its HGS-6000 head-up guidance system for the Citation Columbus, set to debut as the Wichita manufacturer’s first-ever HUD-equipped airplane when it enters service in 2014.
Cessna flew the first prototype CitationJet CJ4 on May 5, with senior engineering test pilot Dan Morris at the controls and engineering flight-test manager Dave Bonifield flying as copilot. During the two-hour, 22-minute flight, Morris and Bonifield conducted stability, control and initial systems evaluations and climbed to 16,000 feet. For more details on the CJ4 first flight, see story on page 3.
Last month’s maiden flight of the Cessna Citation CJ4 prototype was “a rousing success,” according to the Wichita-based OEM. “I think ‘flawless’ was the term the pilots used,” said a Cessna spokesman. At press time, the aircraft had logged four more hours of flight time.
Rockwell Collins (Booth No. 1208) announced that Cessna has selected its HGS-6000 head-up guidance system for the Citation Columbus, set to debut as the Wichita, Kansas manufacturer’s first-ever HUD-equipped airplane when it enters service in 2014.
Cessna Aircraft is here at EBACE, sailing high after the successful first flight of its Citation CJ4 prototype early this month. The Wichita, Kansas- based airframer said the two-hour and 22-minute flight, which reached an altitude of 16,000 feet, consisted of flight maneuvers aimed at evaluating stability and control along with initial control systems evaluations.