Textron

October 22, 2014 - 4:30pm

For prospective jet buyers who like the performance capabilities of Cessna’s speedy Citation X but don’t want to spend $23.5 million for a new one and are worried about deliving into the used market, Textron Aviation has devised an alternative, the Citation X Elite program. The Elite is a former X that was in service with fractional-share operation NetJets, and while these jets have accumulated more than 10,000 flight hours by the time they leave NetJets service, they were maintained by Cessna service centers and are good candidates for a thorough refurbishment and avionics upgrade.

October 22, 2014 - 12:25pm

Bell Helicopter, a division of Textron, recently announced orders for 14 Model 505 JetRanger X light singles in South Africa. Bell’s local sales representative, National Airways, was responsible for the sales, mostly to “private pilots and enthusiasts,” according to the OEM. Nine of the sales were announced at the 8th Africa Aerospace and Defense (AAD) show last month in Tshwane, South Africa.

October 22, 2014 - 9:40am

Textron Aviation is expanding its ProAdvantage customer support with the introduction of ProManagement, a program designed to help first-time owners navigate aircraft operations. ProAdvantage, which provides life-cycle maintenance and parts support for airframes and avionics, engines and, when applicable, auxiliary power units, is designed to reduce costs and maximize the value of the aircraft.

October 22, 2014 - 9:05am

Gulfstream Aerospace has named Cindy Halsey vice president for completion planning and design. She reports to Scott Neal, senior vice president for worldwide sales and marketing. Halsey has 36 years of experience in aircraft completions and interior design. Before joining Gulfstream, she was senior vice president for interior design engineering for Textron Aviation, where she was responsible for leading interior design, industrial design and interior engineering functions for all Textron Aviation products.

October 20, 2014 - 8:20pm
Citation Latitude

Textron Aviation is showcasing its complete line of business jets and turboprops here at NBAA 2014, with all 12 models on display at Orlando Executive Airport, led by the debut appearance of the Cessna Latitude, its midsize jet currently undergoing certification.

October 20, 2014 - 6:00pm

Textron Aviation is showcasing its complete line of business jets and turboprops this week at NBAA 2014, with all 12 models on display at Orlando (Fla.) Executive Airport, led by the debut appearance of its midsize Cessna Latitude, which is expected to be certified in the first half of next year.

October 20, 2014 - 8:40am

The March 2014 merger that created Textron Aviation brought together three deeply rooted brands, Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker, and, at least for now, the group is committed to maintaining the separate identities of these product families. That's not to say the company will not contemplate changes in its line up, with Textron Aviation senior vice president of sales and marketing, Kriya Shortt, acknowledging that it is “evaluating our product line to ensure we’re bringing the best possible products to customers around the world
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October 18, 2014 - 9:20am
Cessna’s new Citation Latitude is available for inspection on the NBAA static display line, featuring this production interior. With its flat floor and generously sized cockpit layout, the new-design Latitude is one product of the company’s creative engineering team. “They like designing stuff, and we’ve got to keep them busy,” said Textron Aviation president and CEO Scott Ernest.

The combination of two 80-year-old Wichita aircraft manufacturers–Cessna and Beechcraft–under the new Textron Aviation umbrella marks its NBAA Convention debut here in Orlando. With 21 airplanes in production between the two factories, which are about 10 miles apart in Wichita, and a full-service network that is rapidly becoming capable of handling all of the Beechcraft and Cessna turbine models, Textron Aviation (Booth 220) and its president and CEO Scott Ernest continue to invest in new products as the integration of the two companies solidifies.

October 16, 2014 - 2:57pm

TAM Aviação Executivo recently received approval from Brazil’s Ceará state government to operate at Aracatí Airport, where it aims to open by year-end a 150,000-sq-ft business aviation maintenance facility that can simultaneously service up to 30 aircraft. Once Brazil’s civil aviation agency, ANAC, approves the new facility in the country’s northeast region, TAM AE plans to start servicing the Cessna Citation and Caravan and then quickly expand to the whole Textron Aviation portfolio.

October 6, 2014 - 2:25pm

Hal Tom, Jr. was indicted on September 23 by the U.S. District Court in Oxford, Miss., for knowingly and willfully operating a Cessna 182 on a flight from Texas to New Jersey without a valid airman’s certificate. During the flight, Tom ran the aircraft out of fuel and crashed near Clarksdale, Miss., damaging the aircraft’s right wing. After improperly refueling the aircraft, Tom continued the flight to New Jersey despite the damage to the aircraft’s right wing.

 
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