Cessna president Jack Pelton said it is inevitable that his company will design and manufacture a supersonic business jet (SSBJ), although when it will happen is anyone’s guess. Pelton made the remark during his keynote speech at the Society of Flight Test Engineers’ annual symposium in Wichita last month.
The NTSB has recommended that the FAA require an aural trim-in-motion warning in the Cessna CitationJet 525 to alert pilots of a runaway trim. The Safety Board made the recommendation, along with three others that address runaway trim, last month in response to the 2003 Citation 525 crash in Coupeville, Wash., in which the pilot was forced to ditch the aircraft in the waters near Whidbey Island following a runaway trim.
Cessna Aircraft chairman, president and CEO Jack Pelton said his company is internally moving on the Large Cabin Concept airplane as if it’s a “go program,” meaning Cessna is spending real money on the design and has begun vendor selection for the company’s largest business jet to date. “Had the show been later in the year, we definitely would have launched the Large Cabin Concept [LCC] airplane here at the NBAA Convention,” he told AIN.
“Had the show been later in the year, we definitely would have launched the Large Cabin Concept [LCC] airplane here at the NBAA Convention,” Cessna chairman, president and CEO Jack Pelton told NBAA Convention News. “We’re ready to go.” The Wichita aircraft manufacturer unveiled the LCC cabin mockup and revealed basic details about the twinjet at last year’s NBAA show but has yet to officially green light the project.
Rolls-Royce and Cessna celebrated delivery of the 5,000th Citation here yesterday, a Citation X powered by two 6,442-pound-thrust Rolls-Royce AE3007C turbofans. Ian Aitken (right), president of Rolls-Royce Corporate & Regional Aircraft, presented an award to Cessna chairman, president and CEO Jack Pelton at the Rolls-Royce booth.
Cessna Aircraft is riding high on the crest of the business jet sales wave, and it just got a little higher this week at the NBAA Convention. Besides the volume orders from XOJet and Japan Air Systems announced at the show, the Wichita-based aircraft manufacturer has so far logged 53 walk-up orders from customers during NBAA 2007.
Cessna’s Citation Mustang entered service in Europe earlier this month when British-based entrepreneur Jane Howell arrived at the London-area Farnborough Airport on September 5, having flown the new entry-level jet across the Atlantic from Wichita. The delivery entailed 14 hours of flying and three refueling stops, but for the owner-pilot it was the trip of a lifetime.
Flightcraft, the Portland, Ore.-based aviation services provider, announced it has received factory approval to service and support the Cessna Mustang, making it the first authorized Citation Service Center to do so. In addition to acquiring the tooling necessary to provide maintenance and inspection services on Cessna’s entry to the VLJ market, Flightcraft technicians have been factory trained on the Mustang airframe and powerplant.
The first winglet-equipped Cessna Citation X made its maiden flight yesterday from Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport, just a day after the collaborative program between Cessna and Winglet Technology was announced here.
Wichita, Kan.-based Cessna Aircraft (Booth No. 8550) broke ground last week for a third manufacturing building in Columbus, Ga.