Charles Johnson, 60, who was named president of Cessna in March, remains on an “indefinite leave” of absence since late August due to undisclosed ongoing medical problems, according to a spokesman for the Wichita aircraft maker. Without elaborating on his illness, the spokesman said that doctors have ruled out cancer and heart-related problems. Cessna senior v-p of engineering Jack Pelton has assumed Johnson’s duties until he returns.
Jack J. Pelton
Cessna president Jack Pelton said it is inevitable that his company will design and manufacture a supersonic business jet (SSBJ), although when it will happen is anyone’s guess. Pelton made the remark during his keynote speech at the Society of Flight Test Engineers’ annual symposium in Wichita last month.
Cessna Aircraft chairman, president and CEO Jack Pelton said his company is internally moving on the Large Cabin Concept airplane as if it’s a “go program,” meaning Cessna is spending real money on the design and has begun vendor selection for the company’s largest business jet to date. “Had the show been later in the year, we definitely would have launched the Large Cabin Concept [LCC] airplane here at the NBAA Convention,” he told AIN.
“Had the show been later in the year, we definitely would have launched the Large Cabin Concept [LCC] airplane here at the NBAA Convention,” Cessna chairman, president and CEO Jack Pelton told NBAA Convention News. “We’re ready to go.” The Wichita aircraft manufacturer unveiled the LCC cabin mockup and revealed basic details about the twinjet at last year’s NBAA show but has yet to officially green light the project.
Cessna Aircraft is riding high on the crest of the business jet sales wave, and it just got a little higher this week at the NBAA Convention. Besides the volume orders from XOJet and Japan Air Systems announced at the show, the Wichita-based aircraft manufacturer has so far logged 53 walk-up orders from customers during NBAA 2007.
Cessna Aircraft signed a letter of intent (LOI) yesterday with Columbia Aircraft of Bend, Ore., to acquire selected assets and certain liabilities of the manufacturer of low-wing, high-performance piston airplanes. In conjunction with the LOI, Columbia filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. bankruptcy code.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified the Citation Mustang, not only for registration in Europe but for flying steep approaches as well. According to Cessna, the VLJ is the first new-generation entry-level business jet to achieve certification in Europe.
Cessna has received European Aviation Safety Agency airworthiness approval for the Citation Mustang, the first very light jet to be certified on this side of the Atlantic. Deliveries to European buyers are expected to begin “later this summer,” according to Cessna chairman, president and chief executive Jack Pelton.
Cessna Aircraft president and CEO Jack Pelton said last month that the Wichita company’s newest business jet, the Citation Mustang, will be assembled at its Independence, Kan. plant.
Cessna and its parent, Textron, rallied quickly to support president and CEO Jack Pelton’s credentials in the wake of a damaging 60 Minutes segment that aired last month. The CBS show mentioned that Pelton was among thousands who essentially purchased college degrees from an alleged diploma mill, specifically Hamilton University in Evanston, Wyo.