Cessna Citation II, Wilmington, N.C., Jan. 4, 2008–The Citation II ran out of fuel and was significantly damaged while landing gear-up at Wilmington International Airport. No injuries were reported. The jet had made three missed approaches to Wilmington in fog before declaring an emergency on the fourth. The left engine had quit on the third approach and the right quit on the fourth.
The FAA has issued a Supplemental Type Certificate to Clifford Development for modification of Cessna Citation 550s and S550s with Williams International FJ44-3A engines. Four Clifford installation centers will do the modifications: Great Lakes Aviation of Kalamazoo, Mich.; Threshold Aviation of Chino, Calif.; Central Flying Service of Little Rock, Ark.; and Stevens Aviation of Greenville, S.C.
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.
San Antonio-based aircraft charter, management, sales and maintenance firm FlightTime Business Jets took delivery last month of the first Sierra Industries Super II,
a Citation II re-engined with Williams FJ44-3A engines. Compared with a stock Cessna Citation II, the Super II has better fuel efficiency, 1,800-nm range and increased max-fuel payload. Sierra Industries and FlightTime are wholly owned subsidiaries of The SkyWay Group.
The FAA issued a Supplemental Type Certificate to Clifford Development for modification of Cessna Citation 550s and S550s with Williams International FJ44-3A engines. Four Clifford installation centers will do the modifications: Great Lakes Aviation of Kalamazoo, Mich.; Threshold Aviation of Chino, Calif.; Central Flying Service of Little Rock, Ark.; and Stevens Aviation of Greenville, S.C.
Cessna Aircraft has bolstered its fast-growing presence in the Middle East by naming long-time sales representative Wallan Aviation in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as an authorized service center for 500-series Citation business jets.
Investment research by UBS published this month shows a marked increase in both used business aircraft available for sale and in delivery positions for sale. The investment bank’s conclusion is this: “We believe the deterioration…and decline in flight activity presage what we think will be a significant slowing in new order activity.
New aircraft models generate lots of excitement and interest. But David Wyndham, vice president and co-owner of aircraft data company Conklin & de Decker, Orleans, Massachusetts, argues against buying any new model until all of its bugs have been identified and rectified.
“If you’re interested in the latest design, be patient and sign up for around serial number 75 or later,” Wyndham said. He cited five reasons for his advice:
It was just a few short years ago that Embraer, with only one business jet in its stable and the market for 50-seat regional jets maturing, made the decision to suit-up for the business jet game. Now, at NBAA 2008, nobody doubts that this Brazilian manufacturer is pursuing its campaign as fiercely, and successfully, as it fought Bombardier et al for RJ sales.
Frasca International (Booth No. 4636) has been awarded a contract by the FAA to build a Cessna Citation Mustang level-5 flight training device (FTD). The FTD, to be located at the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City, will accurately replicate the very light jet’s Garmin G1000-equipped flight deck.