Australia’s Civil Aviation Authority (CASA) has grounded several Cessna 441 Conquest II turboprops, citing the potential for in-flight structural failures on aircraft that have surpassed 22,500 hours. CASA stated that the defect, located near the rear pressure dome, could cause the tail to separate during flight.
Cessna Citation 550, Marathon, Fla., July 22, 2006 – The NTSB has concluded that the separation of the stud securing the main landing gear actuator assembly side brace to the main landing gear outer cylinder caused the landing gear to collapse. The Citation 550, registered to Capital Buyers of Delaware, was taxiing after landing at The Florida Keys Marathon Airport.
Beginning with the 2008 model year, Cessna 172 buyers can pay $15,000 more for a 155-hp, two-liter turbocharged Thielert diesel engine-powered Skyhawk instead of the current avgas-burning 180-hp Lycoming version. Cessna dealers told AIN that the factory diesel Cessna 172 will retail for $298,500, including Garmin G1000 avionics and integrated GFC700 autopilot.
A hardware issue with the Garmin G1000 avionics suite has forced at least two airplane manufacturers to halt production temporarily as the avionics manufacturer hastens to fix the issue. According to a Garmin spokeswoman, there has been a noticeable increase in failures for the component that controls attitude and heading reference information.
The first flight of the Citation XLS+, completed last week at Rockwell Collins’ Cedar Rapids, Iowa facility, “was a great success,” according to Cessna Citation XLS+ program manager Kevin Steinert. The flight progressed as planned, he said, and the aircraft performed as expected with the new modifications.
Players in the business aviation arena regularly tell their customers that they are improving product support and service by investing in assets and people. Now it’s the customers’ turn to have their say, and the results speak for themselves as AIN publishes its annual Product Support Survey Report.
Business jet and turboprop shipments were both up roughly 15 percent in the first half of this year, compared to the first six months of last year, according to data released last week by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). There were 475 jet and 182 turboprop shipments in the first six months of this year, according to GAMA.
Cessna’s Large Cabin Concept (LCC) mock-up completed a tour of Europe in late June. The extensive public consultation exercise has fueled optimism that the manufacturer will find a market for a new large business jet, while at the same time posed important questions that need to be resolved before any such program can be launched.
Six years after opening its doors, two-and-a-half months after flying its first fully conforming aircraft and less than a month after losing company chairman Bruce Kennedy in the crash of a Cessna 182, Quest Aircraft has been awarded the type certificate for its turboprop utility single. The clean-sheet-design Kodiak is a 10-place, PT6-powered STOL aircraft that’s big on payload and short on runway requirements.
As this issue went to press, Cessna was single-handedly attempting to prove that economies of scale are alive and well in aviation. Only a few weeks after the manufacturer announced it would become the first major U.S. manufacturer to produce and sell a light sport aircraft (LSA) for the flight-training market, the company unveiled the two-seat, 100-hp SkyCatcher at EAA’s