Cessna will occupy Room B313 in the Georgia World Congress Center for most of today and tomorrow with detailed maintenance and operations sessions covering the entire Citation line.
The NTSB today issued several recommendations to the FAA regarding the Cessna Citation 525's trim system. These actions likely stem from the June 4 fatal crash of a Citation II after the pilot reported a “trim runaway” since the CitationJet has a similar trim system.
Clifford Development has expanded certification efforts for its Cessna Citation II re-engining and airframe modification program to include the S/II (CE-S550). Like the company’s Citation II program, the modification will include replacing the S/II’s Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D turbofans with Williams FJ44-3 turbofans, as well as adding winglets and more than 30 other systems enhancements.
The first flight of the Citation XLS+, completed last week at Rockwell Collins’ Cedar Rapids, Iowa facility, “was a great success,” according to Cessna Citation XLS+ program manager Kevin Steinert. The flight progressed as planned, he said, and the aircraft performed as expected with the new modifications.
Cessna’s Large Cabin Concept (LCC) mock-up completed a tour of Europe in late June. The extensive public consultation exercise has fueled optimism that the manufacturer will find a market for a new large business jet, while at the same time posed important questions that need to be resolved before any such program can be launched.
Spain has a new executive charter company in the shape of CorporateJets XXI. The Barcelona-based operation was launched with a E30 million ($39 million) investment and will initially operate an eight-passenger Cessna Citation XLS and a 14-passenger Dassault Falcon 900. The new operator is part of the Grup XXI consortium, which is also active in real-estate development, hotels, restaurants and medical centers.
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+.
On September 10, Walled Lake, Mich.-based Williams International received FAA type certification of its new 1,568-pound-thrust FJ33-4A. The company will follow this milestone with the introduction of yet another turbofan engine.
Cessna Citation S550 Bravo, Dillon, Mont., May 3, 2007–The ATP-rated owner-pilot and a passenger were killed when the Citation Bravo crashed on a circling instrument approach at Dillon in VMC. A witness reported hearing a loud engine noise followed by a “plop.” He said the engine noise was loud, diminished, then got loud again. He spotted a large cloud of black smoke and a fire outside the airport boundary fence.
Fred Furth has been flying since 1959 and has more than 8,000 hours in jets. But before he could take delivery of his new Citation Mustang in May, he had to get type rated like everyone else. Furth, who owns and pilots a Citation X and a Caravan, has been to FlightSafety International 40 times. You might think that such an experienced pilot would breeze through “Mustang 101.” Not so.