Wheels Up displayed its first Cessna-refurbished Citation XLS during a preview event yesterday at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y. The company announced in December that it would add refurbished Citation Sovereigns and Excel/XLSs to its closed membership fleet of King Air 350is. The recently delivered XLS is one of 10 it will take this year. By year-end, Wheels Up expects to have 27 King Air 350is, 10 Citation Excel/XLSs and five VistaJet Global 5000s.
Another Cessna Citation XLS+ is on its way to China. Hong Kong-based Asia Jet will add the aircraft to its charter fleet and use the aircraft for demonstration flights beginning in 2011. Six Citation Excel/XLS/XLS+ jets are currently operating in China.
Cessna received FAA certification of the Citation XLS+ on June 2. New features of this upgraded version of the Excel/XLS series include Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics, fadec-controlled Pratt & Whitney Canada PW545C engines, seven-knot faster maximum cruise speed, extended nose contour and expanded seat widths. Deliveries of the $11.595 million XLS+ should begin by year-end.
On April 28 Cessna rolled out the first production version of the XLS+, the latest version of the Citation that entered production in 1998 as the Excel. The first production XLS+ was scheduled to receive exterior paint and interior installation after the rollout, while the two flight-test XLS+s continue flying toward mid-year FAA certification and deliveries by the end of the year.
Canadian fractional aircraft provider AirSprint last month placed an order for 23 business aircraft worth an estimated $116 million. The order includes three Cessna Citation XLS/XLS+s and three “Next Generation” Pilatus PC-12s to be delivered over the next 24 months, bringing AirSprint’s managed fleet to 27, ten of which will be Citation XL/XLS/XLS+s.
Citation owners now have another engine maintenance option on the East Coast. Dallas Airmotive’s Millville regional turbine center has added repair, hot-section inspection and field service on Pratt & Whitney Canada PW500 engines. The engine powers the Cessna Citation Bravo, Encore, Encore+, Excel, XLS and XLS+.
Cessna announced on March 23 that it received FAA approval of its $9.895 million Citation XLS, a faster, roomier and longer-legged derivative of the Citation Excel. Like the Excel, the XLS remains a model 560XL. Cessna went through the standard certification process with the XLS, but the FAA decided to change only the data sheets to reflect the new specs, such as the weight and engine changes, according to a spokesperson.
Heads Up Technologies of Carrollton, Texas, is providing upwash, downwash, aisle and toe-kick LED lighting as standard equipment in Cessna’s Citation X, XLS and Excel production aircraft. Work lights and accent lights in the galley make use of the same technology. The LED system was on display last year in the Citation XLS and Citation X aircraft on static display at the NBAA Convention.
Owners of older Honeywell GNS-X flight management systems have until the end of the month to take advantage of special pricing on new GNS-XLS units, the maker announced here yesterday. Buyers who take advantage of the promotional offer will receive a $3,000 discount off the price of a new GNS-XLS FMS, as well as free software that introduces the latest worldwide navigation capabilities to the unit, according to the company.
A recent notice sent to Honeywell GNS-XLS owners confirmed what many had suspected all along: due to hardware limitations, the flight management system will be ineligible for upgrade to WAAS functionality. Honeywell is offering a software upgrade for the GNS-XLS covering precision area navigation (PRnav) in Europe and compliance with AC 90-100 for new U.S.
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