The OpenAirplane universal rental system was launched in June with six airplane rental companies participating in the program. “The response to our launch has been amazing,” co-founder Rod Rakic told AIN. “More than 2,500 pilots have signed into our app, creating pilot profiles to fly with OpenAirplane in the first two weeks.”
Gulfstream, Mitsubishi top survey results again
Gulfstream, the longtime leader in the AIN Product Support Survey, scored higher this year with an overall average 8.3 rating for its large-cabin jets (newer and older aircraft), although after a large jump last year, Embraer is creeping even closer to the top spot, up 0.1 to 8.2 from last year’s 8.1.
Cessna Aircraft is offering a program that covers all scheduled maintenance and parts costs for new Citation Sovereigns for the first five years or 1,500 flight hours. According to Cessna, the Sovereign Shield program “practically eliminates maintenance-related direct operating costs” for 2013 Citation Sovereigns, allowing owners to operate the aircraft for “far less” than other midsize business jets.
Cessna Aircraft’s single-engine line is likely to experience price hikes as the company seeks to improve profit margins on all of its aircraft, even as sales of some models slump. That was the word from Cessna vice president Jodi Noah here at EAA AirVenture Monday. “We will be pursuing price increases on a few of the different products primarily because we want to be able to offer the different products in our line-up.
Cessna Aircraft announced the “Sovereign Shield” program yesterday for 2013 Citation Sovereigns, covering all scheduled maintenance and parts costs for these business jets for the first five years or 1,500 flight hours. The program “practically eliminates” maintenance-related direct operating costs for these Citation Sovereigns, Cessna said. According to Cessna, operators covered by the Sovereign Shield program can save more than $3,500 on a 2,000-nm trip compared with operators of competing midsize jets.
Development delays with software for the Garmin avionics suites for Cessna’s new Citation M2, Sovereign and X will push back first deliveries by a few months. During a conference call yesterday on second-quarter earnings at Cessna parent Textron, chairman and CEO Scott Donnelly said that deliveries of the M2 and the Sovereign will now start during the fourth quarter of this year, instead of the third quarter as had been planned. Deliveries of the new Citation X will now not begin until “early next year.”
Sierra Industries is celebrating its 30th year in business with the release of a new product and services catalog. It will be mailed shortly to a broad cross-section of North American light business aircraft owners. An electronic version of the book is available for download from Sierra’s website and printed copies may be ordered. Organized by aircraft model and product category, the catalog makes it simple to locate specific aircraft upgrades or just browse for ideas.
Air Services, a division of Constant Aviation providing off-wing aircraft support headquartered at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, has completed the requirements of the Cessna Citation NDI certification program and has been named an authorized independent NDI facility. The designation allows the company to perform NDT inspections and testing on all Cessna Citations.
Landmark Aviation has made several additions to its executive staff. Ben Murray, former president of XOJet, has joined the company as president of its aircraft management and charter division. The service provider also named Skip Madsen, previously Jet Aviation’s v-p for MRO operations, to its newly created v-p of MRO. Tyson Goetz was selected as company v-p. Most recently he was a senior regional manager for Atlantic Aviation.
Cessna Aircraft introduced a treatment to protect Citation jets based in Europe from the corrosive effects of potassium formate, the environmentally friendly but aluminum-hostile runway de-icer increasingly used across the region. The treatment is available under an enhancement to Cessna’s ProTech factory maintenance program, called ProTech+. The anti-corrosion procedure entails a thorough airframe inspection and application of Corban 23, a super-penetrating fluid that creates a protective barrier on the airframe.