Lufthansa Private Jets confirmed the relaunch of its partnership with NetJets Europe, following the closure of its Swiss Private Aviation subsidiary. The German airline also has announced plans to expand its executive charter service into Middle Eastern and U.S. markets later this year. Under the new deal, Lufthansa passengers will be able to book flights in NetJets aircraft with as little as 10 hours’ notice.
Cessna Citation 560XL, Birmingham, Ala., Dec. 13, 2010–The twinjet experienced rudder binding while landing at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport at the conclusion of a Part 135 flight from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey. The Excel landed safely with no injuries to the passenger and two pilots. A post-flight examination of the tail cone revealed ice around the rudder control cables and pulleys.
Cessna Citation 510, Upland, Calif., Sept. 17, 2010–While being pre-flighted on the ramp at Cable Airport, the Mustang rolled after the chocks were pulled. It struck a light aircraft with its left wing and finally stopped when the Mustang’s wing hit a concrete pillar, resulting in damage to the wing spar and its wing fuel tank. The Mustang was disassembled and removed by truck, according to an airport representative.o
Cessna Citation 560, Essendon, Australia, Oct. 12, 2010–While nearing its destination airport on a flight from Brisbane, the Citation Ultra flew into a thunderstorm and was severely damaged by hail. The twinjet landed safely at Essendon airport. None of the eight people on board was injured.
Cessna Citation 560XL, Toledo, Ohio, Dec. 1. 2010–The NetJets-operated Excel experienced a loss of rudder control while landing in VMC at Toledo Express Airport at the end of a Part 135 flight from Monmouth Executive Airport in New Jersey. The twinjet landed safely, and post-flight examination revealed that the airplane’s rudder control cables and pulleys inside the tailcone were sheathed in ice.
Despite recent industry forecasts that call for 2011 to look much like 2010, Mark Paolucci, Cessna Aircraft's new senior vice president of sales and marketing, said at the company's MEBA press conference yesterday, "We are seeing increased activity in new and used aircraft sales. That's a much better sign than this time last year. We are seeing light at the end of the tunnel." The U.S.
JetTech of Littleton, Colo., said it is developing a glass-panel upgrade for the Cessna Citation 501/551 series based on the Garmin G600. The $62,900 upgrade kit will include the cockpit displays, an air-data interface unit, pre-cut instrument panel, pitot-static plumbing and fittings, wiring harness and solid-state AHRS, the company said. JetTech plans to begin installations once it has obtained the FAA STC for the installation.
Cessna didn’t resurrect the canceled large-cabin Columbus at the NBAA Convention in October but did unveil a major upgrade to its largest and fastest jet, the Citation X. Dubbed the Citation Ten, the new jet promises to up the ante in the race to field the fastest business jet. That title is currently held by Gulfstream’s G650 with an Mmo of Mach 0.925, but Cessna promises that the Ten’s Mmo will exceed that number.
Whether it’s entirely the fault of the economic crisis we may never know, but we can be sure the anticipated very-light-jet (VLJ) revolution never happened and there is little sign it will happen any time soon.
As the industry sees glimmers of hope that the downturn is finally ending, engine and avionics manufacturer Honeywell anticipates at least one more down year in 2011 before the start of a rebound cycle.