Cessna Aircraft announced an agreement on Friday with Calgary-based AirSprint Private Aviation for at least nine Citation CJ2+ twinjets worth about $60 million at list prices. Innotech-Execaire, Cessna’s authorized sales representative in Canada, helped facilitate the sale. AirSprint is adding the light jets to advance its focus on “boutique customer service” and regional private air travel.
Cessna is hoping that recent sales breakthroughs in Russia with its Grand Caravan turboprop and Skylane 172 piston singles will prove to be a sound foundation for selling more of its Citation business jets there.
Cessna Aircraft christened its first Cessna-owned Citation Service Center today in the UK at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield. The newly acquired 50,000-sq-ft facility, which has been rebranded as the Doncaster Citation Service Center, offers a range of services from maintenance to modernization and paint. Previously known as Kinch Aviation Services, the business has operated for 15 years and been a Cessna authorized service facility for the past four. The UK operation becomes the fourth Cessna-operated Citation Service Center in Europe.
An iPad app version of Cessna’s Citation Performance Calculator (CPCalc) is now available at the iTunes Store. The app is available for all current-production Citations, as well as many out-of-production Citations. CPCalc calculates takeoff and landing data and also helps determine engine-out performance. A PC version of the program is FAA approved, and Cessna is in the process of obtaining similar approval for the CPCalc iPad app.
On Friday, Cessna announced that it has raised the top speed for its Citation Ten to Mach 0.935, which would make it the fastest civil aircraft in service once certified. This eclipses the speed of its Citation X predecessor by Mach 0.015 and the currently stated top speed of the soon-to-be-certified Gulfstream G650 by Mach 0.010.
Blackhawk, a U.S.-based provider of performance improvements for single- and twin-engine turboprop aircraft, is adding staff to meet growing demand in Brazil and other Latin American nations.
Cessna Aircraft announced today at LABACE that it has again increased the range–to 2,500 nm–of its in-development, midsize Citation Latitude. When announced at the NBAA Convention last year, the Latitude was originally expected to have a range of 2,000 nm. In February, Cessna stretched the airplane’s legs to 2,300 nm, and after further discussions with customers it decided to extend the range again, to 2,500 nm.
Atlantic Aviation, an FBO at Birmingham International Airport in Alabama, has been chosen by Cessna Aircraft to be the base of operations for a new mobile service unit (MSU). Cessna MSUs provide on-site technical expertise and immediate support for Citation operators. The specially outfitted trucks carry most of the same tools and equipment found in Cessna Citation factory service centers and can perform a variety of procedures up to and including engine exchanges. This latest MSU joins 17 others already in service in the U.S. for a total of 22 throughout North America and Europe.
Cessna president and CEO Scott Ernest will be the featured guest speaker at the next meeting of the Atlanta Aero Club, to be held at noon on August 9 at the Grand Ballroom of the Capital City Club in downtown Atlanta. The club has received a large number of advanced reservations for this event and is expecting more than 100 members and guests to attend. Ernest joined Cessna last year after a 27-year career at GE Aviation.
Under the leadership of Scott Ernest, appointed CEO last year, Cessna has accelerated new product introductions. At yesterday’s opening of the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh show, Cessna announced that the single-engine Grand Caravan turboprop is getting a bigger engine, an 867-shp PT6A-140.