Cessna Citation 550B, Reinhardtsdorf-Schöna, Germany, Feb. 14, 2010–The Czech-registered twinjet was on a ferry flight from Prague to Karlstadt, Sweden, when it crashed, destroying the aircraft and killing the pilot and copilot. Dark night VMC prevailed at the time. The Citation Bravo was climbing from FL260 to FL330 when radar contact was lost.
The FAA has issued a supplemental type certificate (STC) to Sierra Industries for the installation of the Artex C406 (406 MHz) emergency locator transmitter on the Cessna Citation 500, 501, 550, 551, S550 and 560. The STC provides a solution
for operators to update their emergency transmitters to current standards.
The Cessna Citation CJ4 gained FAA type certification last month, with deliveries of the light jet set to begin later this year. The final performance numbers for the $9 million CJ4 include a takeoff distance of 3,130 feet at mtow, a maximum speed of 453 knots and 2,002-nm range with two crew and five pax.
Looking not unlike a T-tail compact version of its Sovereign stablemate, the Cessna Citation CJ4 should have earned its FAA credentials by the time these words are printed. At press time, Cessna said FAA certification of its newest business jet would happen “soon,” and that it would include single-pilot approval and a type rating common to all CJ-series Citations.
Cessna’s fifth Citation mobile service unit (MSU) and two-technician crew starts service this week, based at Sheltair Aviation at Hollywood/Fort Lauderdale International Airport. “Customer response to the introduction of our new service initiatives through ServiceDirect has been superb, particularly for the mobile service units,” said Mark Paolucci, Cessna senior vice president for customer service.
Cessna Aircraft has partnered with Williams International to offer customers fixed hourly rates for engine maintenance on most Citation CJs. As part of Cessna’s ProAdvantage maintenance programs, Total Assurance Program (Tap) Advantage provides Citation CJ owners and operators more predictable engine maintenance costs for parts, labor and life-cycle components.
For Europe, the so-called very light jet (VLJ) revolution has turned out to be more a case of evolution in which only the most financially fit seem destined to survive.
Cessna Aircraft rolled out the first production Citation CJ4 last month and sent it to the paint and interior shops for completion. FAA certification of the largest CJ is in the final stages, according to Cessna, and first deliveries will begin in the first half of next year. The CJ4 flight-test fleet has logged more than 1,000 flights.
Cessna has provided firm evidence that business aviation in the Middle East is still in growth mode by delivering four of its Citation business jets to customers here at the Dubai Airshow. The U.S. manufacturer also has announced a new product support initiative (see below).
On the eve of last month’s NBAA convention, engine and avionics manufacturer Honeywell released its 18th annual 10-year market forecast, projecting a serious near-term dip in business jet deliveries but a gradual climb back to the heights reached during last year’s production peak.