Sporty’s Pilot Shop, holder of Cessna Mustang position number 13, has decided it will raffle its new VLJ and donate the funds to the Sporty’s Foundation. The foundation was started in March of this year to help fund aviation education and safety programs, with an emphasis on attracting young people to the industry.
Cessna continues to push forward with the certification of the CJ4, the latest model in the CJ line. The company completed the first test flight of the aircraft’s powerplant, the Williams FJ44-4A, last month aboard a company CJ2 flying testbed. The Wichita-based airframer deemed it a success. Williams’s FJ44-4A will feature fadec and produce 3,400 pounds of thrust, almost 800 pounds more than the FJ44-3A.
Late last month Cessna delivered its third Mustang, its first to a retail customer. The previous two deliveries were leased back to the manufacturer as demonstrators, as is customary for new aircraft. The airplane went to snow ski manufacturer Dave Goode, who was also the first customer typed in the aircraft. Perhaps a sign of things to come, Goode is also a private pilot with an instrument rating.
Don’t expect to see deliveries before 2012 of a new design for a large-cabin Citation based on the mockup shown at the NBAA Convention last year. Cessna is “still studying the business case to determine if it makes sense to go forward,” according to parent company Textron. “Probably be the first quarter of next year before we finally make that decision,” said Campbell.
Thanks to the continuing sales performance of the Citation line, operational results for Cessna in the first quarter of this year were described as “nothing short of superb” by Lewis Campbell, chairman, president and CEO of parent company Textron. Campbell said Cessna in the first quarter received orders for 122 Citations, bringing total orders on hand to more than 400.
Thanks to the continuing sales performance of the Citation line, operational results for Cessna in the first quarter of this year were described by Lewis Campbell, chairman, president and CEO of parent company Textron as “nothing short of superb.” Speaking last week to the financial community, Campbell said Cessna in the first quarter received orders for 122 Citations, bringing total orders on hand to more than 400.
This week Cessna celebrated two major turbine fleet milestones. The Caravan fleet reached 10 million flight hours and its Citation line has reached double that. The company also announced that it has addressed some teething problems and resumed deliveries of the Mustang, its entry into the VLJ market. Garmin has fixed a software glitch that wouldn’t allow users to alter an arrival after one was already selected on the G1000.
Fractional provider CitationShares yesterday announced three new programs for its customers–Preferred Positioning, Caribbean Express and Vector Value Plus. The Preferred Positioning program allows customers to book and purchase–at a steep discount–positioning (deadhead) flights on CitationShares aircraft. Through the program, CitationShares customers will receive a daily e-mail at around 6:30 p.m.
Responding to an increasing number of business jet orders and lengthening backlogs–a boon for manufacturers, but a bane for customers–Cessna, Gulfstream and Raytheon (see item below) are ratcheting up production. Cessna plans to deliver 240 Citations this year (some 60 more than last year) and 270 to 290 next year.
Among business jet manufacturers, Cessna, Gulfstream and Raytheon are the top performers in AIN’s 2005 Product Support Survey. AIN readers gave Gulfstream the highest marks for both its newer and older jets when ratings for the Westwind series are excluded. When these models are included in Gulfstream’s combined average, Cessna moves into the top spot for new and old business jets combined.