In a brief ceremony held before the Opening General Session at NBAA 2014 on Tuesday in Orlando, Fla., the Citation Jet Pilots Association (CJP) recognized renowned golfer and pilot Arnold Palmer, and Cessna chairman emeritus Russ Meyer, with special pins in recognition of the 8,000 hours that each has spent at the controls of Citation jets. “These are two extraordinary Cessna jet pilots and two people who have given as much to this industry as any two people, anywhere,” noted NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen before the presentation.
For prospective jet buyers who like the performance capabilities of Cessna’s speedy Citation X but don’t want to spend $23.5 million for a new one and are worried about deliving into the used market, Textron Aviation has devised an alternative, the Citation X Elite program. The Elite is a former X that was in service with fractional-share operation NetJets, and while these jets have accumulated more than 10,000 flight hours by the time they leave NetJets service, they were maintained by Cessna service centers and are good candidates for a thorough refurbishment and avionics upgrade.
Winglet Technology (Booth 4359) has completed testing its new elliptical winglets on the Cessna Citation Sovereign. The Wichita firm is collaborating with the Citation service center network on the project and released test results for the $395,000 kit (excluding labor) here at NBAA.
Speed increases by 12 to 14 knots at FL450, time-to-climb direct to FL450 drops to 26 minutes and range increases 205 nm with payloads under 1,200 pounds and by 265 nm with payloads over 1,450 pounds.
Winglet Technology has completed testing its new elliptical winglets on the Cessna Citation Sovereign. It is collaborating with the Citation service center network on the project and released test results for the $395,000 kit (uninstalled) today at NBAA 2014. Speed increases by 12 to 14 knots at FL450, time-to-climb direct to FL450 drops to 26 minutes and range increases by 265 nm with payloads over 1,450 pounds. FAA certification is pending. The company’s elliptical winglets for the Citation X were approved by the FAA in 2009.
Textron Aviation is showcasing its complete line of business jets and turboprops here at NBAA 2014, with all 12 models on display at Orlando Executive Airport, led by the debut appearance of the Cessna Latitude, its midsize jet currently undergoing certification.
Textron Aviation is showcasing its complete line of business jets and turboprops this week at NBAA 2014, with all 12 models on display at Orlando (Fla.) Executive Airport, led by the debut appearance of its midsize Cessna Latitude, which is expected to be certified in the first half of next year.
The business jet market has been on the mend for quite some time, but only recently has the improvement shown clear signs of acceleration. According to recent statistics, it was about one year ago that the inventory of used business jets began to shrink at a faster rate than during previous years. Since last year’s NBAA Convention, the industry has experienced a 10-percent drop in used aircraft inventory, or nearly 300 fewer aircraft.
The March 2014 merger that created Textron Aviation brought together three deeply rooted brands, Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker, and, at least for now, the group is committed to maintaining the separate identities of these product families. That's not to say the company will not contemplate changes in its line up, with Textron Aviation senior vice president of sales and marketing, Kriya Shortt, acknowledging that it is “evaluating our product line to ensure we’re bringing the best possible products to customers around the world .”
I wasn’t really sure what to expect as I sat waiting in the FBO. Randy Green and I had sealed a deal on my 1954 V-tail Bonanza via email and phone calls last summer, and I was delivering it to him at an airport halfway between our homes.
The combination of two 80-year-old Wichita aircraft manufacturers–Cessna and Beechcraft–under the new Textron Aviation umbrella marks its NBAA Convention debut here in Orlando. With 21 airplanes in production between the two factories, which are about 10 miles apart in Wichita, and a full-service network that is rapidly becoming capable of handling all of the Beechcraft and Cessna turbine models, Textron Aviation (Booth 220) and its president and CEO Scott Ernest continue to invest in new products as the integration of the two companies solidifies.
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