Cessna Aircraft racked up orders for 156 Citation CJ3s (of which 100 are for NetJets and 25 for CitationShares) in the two days following its launch on the opening day of last month’s NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla. The new CJ3 is a stretched derivative of the hot-selling Citation CJ2–itself a stretched derivative of its popular CitationJet/CJ1.
Richmond Heights, Ohio-based Nextant Aerospace announced last month its 400NXT Beechjet retrofit and modernization program and Pro Line 21 cockpit upgrade for Beechjets and Hawker 400XPs.
The aircraft modification business represents American enterprise at its best–dozens of small companies each turning out a variety of unique products aimed at what traditionally appears to be a narrow segment of the worldwide marketplace. Modification specialists are inventors–critical thinkers and dreamers who often see solutions to problems the rest of us assumed were unfixable.
On June 10 Honda flew its latest jet engine design for the first time. In the 1,900-lb-thrust range, the engine flew on a modified Cessna CitationJet from Honda’s purpose-built research facility at Atlantic Aero in Greensboro, N.C. Concurrently, Honda is busily at work on a CJ-size airframe in Greensboro, with first flight expected in January.
Richmond Heights, Ohio-based Nextant Aerospace yesterday announced its 400NXT Beechjet retrofit and modernization program and Pro Line 21 cockpit upgrade for Beechjets and Hawker 400XPs.
Cessna Aircraft completed the wing mate on the first Citation CJ4, the largest member of the CJ series. First flight of the Williams FJ44-4A-powered twinjet, which
was launched at the 2006 NBAA Convention, is expected this summer, with entry into service planned for the first half of 2010.
Clifford Development appointed Little Rock, Ark.-based Central Flying Service as a service center for the Company’s Citation II and Citation S/II re-engining programs. Both programs use Williams International FJ44-3A engines. Two parallel supplemental type certificate programs are under way at Clifford Development to re-engine the Citation II and the Citation S/II.
The third member of Cessna’s ever-growing Citation CJ series, the CJ3, moved closer to first flight within the next 90 days with final assembly of the first airframe, initial engine runs and the start of taxi trials last month. Powered by two 2,780-pound-thrust Williams FJ44-3As, the $5.895 million CJ3 (about $1 million more than the slightly smaller and less powerful CJ2) is targeted for certification in about 15 months.
Cessna established a trilogy of CitationJet derivatives with the announcement of the CJ3 at the NBAA Convention in Orlando last September. Compared with the CJ2, the CJ3 has a 24-inch-longer cabin, with standard seating for six in a center-club configuration.
The Wrights knew it. So does every aeronautical engineer, aircraft manufacturer and pilot. More than anything else, the engine defines the performance of the airplane.