Cessna Aircraft’s new president and CEO Scott Ernest took the NBAA stage for the first time at NBAA 2011 in Las Vegas yesterday, introducing his new leadership team and reaffirming the Wichita-based OEM’s dedication to the light-to-midsize jet and single-engine piston markets and remaining atop the customer support standings among aircraft
Nextant Aerospace received FAA STC approval for the 400XT–the model name for its remanufactured Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP–yesterday.
Cessna announced a new twinjet derivative yesterday to serve as a step-up for Mustang owners or as a higher entry-level Citation between the Mustang and CJ2+. Called the M2, the new entrant revives the CJ1+ airframe but with a Garmin G3000 avionics suite, 1,965-pound-thrust Fadec Williams FJ44-1AP-21 engines, subtle winglets and, compared with its predecessor, higher-quality interior furnishings and greater speed.
Robinson Helicopter CEO Kurt Robinson said his company has been working with the FAA for “some time” to address concerns about “mast rocking” on its R44 helicopters. On Tuesday, the NTSB issued five safety recommendations (A-11-82 through -86) related to this condition in the wake of several accidents/incidents recorded since 2006.
Cessna Aircraft delivered the first Citation CJ4 for charter operation in Europe early last month.Fred Eisele, CEO of Stuttgart-based Eisele Flugdienst, accepted the twinjet during a ceremony hosted by Atlas Air Service, the Cessna Citation authorized sales representative for Germany, at the Citation factory service center at Bremen Airport. The single-pilot-approved CJ4 gained type certification from the EASA in May.
EMS Aviation of Moorestown, N.J., brought its Aspire satellite-based, in-flight connectivity systems to Ebace, including its new AirMail portable e-mail product and a touch-screen, color handset.
EMS began shipping its Aspire 200 in North America this spring and the first installation is in a Hawker 4000. Additional installations on a Citation Sovereign and several other aircraft are expected by the end of summer.
A King Air 200, fitted with Aviator 200 powered by Thrane & Thrane, was on display at the Ebace convention in May.
The system delivers Internet and e-mail to WiFi-enabled smartphones, tablets and laptops at data transfer speeds up to 158 kbps–not a particularly high transfer rate, but reasonable in these economic times at a cost of approximately $75,000.
Aircell’s Aviator 300, powered by Thrane & Thrane, has been selected for 12 factory airframe programs, including those at Bombardier, Cessna, Hawker Beechcraft and Gulfstream. Aviator 300 provides global data connectivity for e-mail and light Internet service at speeds up to 332 kbps.
Following what was described on May 2 as the retirement of 52-year-old Cessna chairman, president and CEO Jack Pelton, Textron chairman and CEO Scott Donnelly headed to Wichita to take charge of day-to-day operations at the 84-year-old aircraft manufacturer. At press time, Textron had not named a permanent replacement to take the helm at Cessna.