Pratt & Whitney Canada recently reached the rated takeoff thrust of 1,350 pounds in sustained ground runs of its new PW615 turbofan engine, which will power the Cessna Citation Mustang. Cessna expects to receive the first engine shipsets early this year. Certification of the engine is planned by the end of 2005, and Cessna expects to certify the Mustang in the third quarter of 2006.
Starting with the Citation X, Cessna is slowly rolling out new software versions of flight and maintenance manuals for its currently-manufactured business jets. The software, provided by long-time Cessna vendor Arbortext of Ann Arbor, Mich., is available in CD and online versions.
Premier Air Center of East Alton, Ill., has deep roots in the general aviation community. It began in 1947 as Walston Aviation on St. Louis Regional Airport and became one of the largest Cessna dealers in the world. The business changed hands a few times, eventually becoming Premier Air Center in 1984. In 2002 a group of investors, including Sam Haycraft, Mike Durst and Jim Swehla, acquired the company.
On December 9 Cessna Aircraft claimed another record, though this one does not involve any aircraft speed or distance. In support of its expanding customer services, that day Cessna held grand-opening ceremonies for its 443,000-sq-ft Wichita Citation Service Center, below, the largest general aviation maintenance facility in the world.
A day after news of the NetJets order for 50 Hawker 400XPs, Cessna Aircraft parent company Textron announced that it expects no financial impact from the fractional provider’s earlier cancellation of an order for 50 Citation CJ3s. The company expects the canceled order, applied to jets slated for delivery in the late 2005 to 2008 timeframe, to be reallocated to existing customer orders.
Cessna last month announced the availability of special Service Bulletins for operators who want to upgrade their airplanes with Honeywell’s runway awareness and advisory system (RAAS), a roughly $17,000 optional add-on for the enhanced ground proximity warning system (EGPWS). Cessna service centers can perform the RAAS software and hardware updates for operators of Citation Bravos, Encores, Excels and Xs equipped with EGPWS.
As the Eclipse 500 was being rolled out last month, the Citation Mustang very light jet was fast taking form at Cessna’s Pawnee facility in Wichita. At press time, workers had already assembled forward and aft cabin sections, and the Mustang’s wings were being assembled.
With record deliveries, orders and backlogs, last year was an “incredible year” for Cessna, said Lewis Campbell, chairman, president and CEO of parent company Textron. Addressing financial analysts at yesterday’s annual results conference, Campbell said, “We enter 2007 with an unprecedented situation at Cessna.
Yingling doesn’t do beer. That’s Yuengling in Pottsville, Pa. Yingling Aviation in Wichita does business aircraft. Most recently, Yingling has created a joint ownership program offering partnerships on refurbished and updated Cessna Conquests. The program was launched with a 441 Conquest II and a 425 Conquest I, for which Yingling’s completion and refurbishment center did major cabin modifications.
Kerry Trosper was named general manager for Landmark Aviation’s Wichita Falls, Texas FBO. He was most recently line service manager at Kerrville Aviation in Kerrville, Texas. James Wilson was named general manager of the Dulles, Va. location. He was previously sales manager for Landmark Aviation’s charter and management business.