Clifford Development of Portage, Mich. (Booth No. 5651), has expanded certification efforts for its Cessna Citation II re-engining and airframe modification program to include the S/II (S550). As is the case with the company’s Citation II program, the modification will include replacing the S/II’s Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D turbofans with Williams FJ44-3 engines, as well as adding winglets and more than 30 other systems enhancements.
A soon-to-be-released very light jet forecast from PMI Media estimates that 7,650 VLJs, worth some $18.36 billion, will be delivered between 2007 and 2016. “We are predicting 2007 deliveries of VLJs to be around the 200 mark, up from our 2006 forecast of 175.
Cessna will occupy Room B313 in the Georgia World Congress Center for most of today and tomorrow with detailed maintenance and operations sessions covering the entire Citation line.
About a mile from Wichita Mid-Continent Airport, inside a nondescript building that looks just like any other in this part of town, a small group of workers toils in secrecy against the whir of band saws, banging of hammers and buzz of automated cutting machines. This is Cessna’s interior design research-and-development center, its cabin “Skunkworks,” if you will.
By our count, there are more than a dozen aircraft ranging from single-engine personal jets to twin-engine very light jets either in the very early stages of development, well along toward certification or, as in the case of the Cessna Mustang and Eclipse 500, already in service.
Cessna has been a dominant force in business jet manufacturing for more than three decades, rolling out new Citation models at a pace that has kept buyers satisfied and competitors on their toes.
Aircraft systems provider Parker Aerospace (Booth No. 6841) announced it has won contracts with Embraer and Cessna for flight control subsystems.
The NTSB today issued several recommendations to the FAA regarding the Cessna Citation 525's trim system. These actions likely stem from the June 4 fatal crash of a Citation II after the pilot reported a “trim runaway” since the CitationJet has a similar trim system.
Clifford Development has expanded certification efforts for its Cessna Citation II re-engining and airframe modification program to include the S/II (CE-S550). Like the company’s Citation II program, the modification will include replacing the S/II’s Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D turbofans with Williams FJ44-3 turbofans, as well as adding winglets and more than 30 other systems enhancements.
Cessna yesterday delivered the first Citation Mustang to a European customer when British entrepreneur Jane Howell received her aircraft at the London-area Farnborough Airport. Howell has been a private pilot for 20 years and will fly the Mustang herself for both business and personal trips around Europe.