Customers who bring their Cessna Citation to Sierra Industries of Uvalde, Texas, for major maintenance or inspection events can now drop off their jet and fly home in a loaner airplane. Under Sierra’s Fly-Thru maintenance program, Citation operators will be supplied an equivalent airplane or Sierra’s Williams International-powered FJ44 Citation, providing an opportunity to see how the modified version flies.
Cessna Aircraft, which announced layoffs totaling roughly 13 percent of its workforce late last year, on Friday sent an e-mail to employees outlining a delay in development of the large-cabin Citation Columbus, as well as further reductions in force, this time in the form of furloughs.
Dutch very light jet operator Bikkair shut down on February 4, saying that it was unable to secure the capital it needed to fund its development. The Rotterdam-based company began operations in March last year with the first of an undisclosed number of Cessna Citation Mustangs it ordered and had been offering block charter arrangements through its Amulet program.
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.