Textron AirLand’s new Scorpion tactical jet is making its international debut here in the UK. The clean-sheet design attracted curious onlookers last week at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) in Fairford, UK, including among them Gen. Mark Welsh, U.S. Air Force chief of staff. This week, the jet can be seen on static display at the Farnborough International Airshow through Thursday.
Textron’s TRU Simulation + Training subsidiary acquired ProFlight, a Carlsbad, Calif.-based FAR Part 142 training center specializing in the Cessna CitationJet and Conquest, as well as Pro Line 21 avionics. Since it was founded in 1988, ProFlight has trained thousands of pilots and continues to grow “as its training model appeals to a broad range of pilots, from owner operators to corporate aviation departments.” ProFlight will continue to operate from its Carlsbad facility.
After five harsh years, the business aviation market is indeed showing signs worthy of optimism, according to responses from JetNet IQ’s most recent industry survey, released last month at the company’s fourth annual summit in New York City. Each quarter the company polls hundreds of business jet owners and operators to read the business climate they are facing, and in the latest round, 54 percent overall (and 59 percent of U.S.
The plan announced last year by The Aviation Alliance to remanufacture Cessna 421Cs and Gulfstream IIIs is moving forward, according to company founder and managing director Geoff Miller, despite setbacks that have caused some delays. The California-based company is currently focusing on the Excalibur 421 turboprop conversion and hopes to have one completed in time for this year’s NBAA show in Orlando in October.
Cessna has regained the title of fastest civil aircraft with yesterday’s receipt of the FAA type certificate for the upgraded Citation X+ and today’s delivery of the first customer aircraft. The midsize Citation X+ has a verified maximum speed of Mach 0.935 (617 mph/536 ktas), besting the Gulfstream G650’s Mach 0.925.
Cessna announced yesterday that it has received EASA certification for its M2 light jet, clearing the way for European deliveries for the CJ1 replacement to begin.
The seven-passenger jet, powered by a pair of Williams FJ44s, received FAA type certification in December. It has a range of 1,580 nm, a max cruise speed of 404 knots and can operate from runways as short as 3,210 feet.
Cessna started full assembly-line flow on the Citation Latitude at its manufacturing facilities in Wichita, the company announced yesterday. Assembly of the midsize business jet includes several technological advancements, according to Cessna, such as the use of new automated robotics and ergonomically friendly tooling stations.
Retired Brazilian soccer star Fernandao Lúcio da Costa and four others died June 7 in central Brazil in the nighttime crash of a Helibras HB350BA Esquilo helicopter. The privately owned helicopter took off in calm, clear skies at 1:25 a.m. from a river beach in Araunã, 220 miles from the state capital Goiânia, and traveled less than 1,000 feet before crashing with sufficient force to separate the cabin and tail. On June 13, a Cessna CitationJet carrying mourners to a funeral mass for Fernandao crashed at Araunã, but everyone on board survived.
The seventh Citation Special Olympics Airlift will get under way on Saturday, flying some 700 athletes from across the U.S. to compete in the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey. The airlift is sponsored and managed by Textron Aviation, and–thanks to its recent acquisition of Beechcraft–for the first time will include Beechcraft owners alongside Cessna Citation operators.
The new Citation Sovereign+ received EASA certification, Cessna announced today. The upgraded jet has enhanced climb performance and range, as well as Garmin G5000 avionics. Cessna recently completed a demonstration tour of the Sovereign+ in Europe, where it made its debut last month at EBACE 2014 in Switzerland. “We have a number of European customers ready to take delivery of their aircraft, and with EASA certification we can now get the Sovereign+ into the marketplace,” said Textron Aviation vice president for jets Chris Hearne.