Cessna Aircraft and the Aviation Industry Corp of China (Avic) signed “two strategic agreements to jointly develop general and business aviation in the People’s Republic of China” today. In an announcement broad on concept and thin on detail, Cessna said, “The agreements together pave the way for a range of business jets, utility single-engine turboprops and single-engine piston aircraft to be manufactured and certified in China.”
Tim White, who was Cessna Aircraft’s vice president of U.S. sales until resigning earlier this week, will be the new U.S. West regional vice president of sales for Bombardier Business Aircraft. According to a Bombardier spokeswoman, White will officially start on April 2 and initially work out of an office in Wichita. He will report to Brant Dahlfors, Bombardier Business Aircraft vice president of U.S. sales. Current West U.S. regional vice president of sales Scott Westfall will revert to his previous position of U.S.
A former Cessna employee has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for selling stolen aircraft parts on eBay and was also ordered to pay $130,000 restitution. Diego Alejandro Paz-Teran (35) of Wichita pleaded guilty to one count of interstate transportation of stolen property. In his plea, Paz-Teran admitted he stole aircraft parts from Cessna and sold them on eBay.
Tim White, Cessna’s vice president of sales for the Americas and his wife, Dianne, the company’s vice president of communications, have left the company, the Wichita-based airframer confirmed today. Tim White joined Cessna in 1998 as a Citation regional sales manager for Canada. Dianne White was hired just before last October’s NBAA annual meeting and convention to succeed Bob Stangarone, who joined Embraer.
As CitationAir transitions from selling fractional shares to focusing on its Jet Card and Jet Management products, the company plans to “begin reducing its aircraft fleet as Jet Share contracts expire,” according to a statement that AIN obtained yesterday from company president and CEO William Schultz. “A corresponding number of pilots will be furloughed as aircraft are removed from the fleet, making way for new managed aircraft,” he added.
Cessna has named Castle AM, a division of Castle Aviation, its newest single-engine service facility. The Akron Canton Airport-based MRO has been in business since 1984 and has been expanding its maintenance capabilities since it took over Summit Air’s maintenance shop in 2009. Castle specializes in Cessna Caravans, is authorized to service all Cessna singles, and also works on Aerostars.
Cessna is exhibiting a cabin cross-section mockup of its new mid-size, $14.9 million Citation Latitude jet in Asia for the first time. The U.S. airframer recently announced a 15-percent range extension for the aircraft, which is scheduled to enter service in 2015.
Speaking at the Singapore Airshow, Trevor Esling, Cessna’s vice president sales for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, said specifications of the Citation Latitude had been revised to increase maximum range from 2,000 to 2,300 nmi.
AgustaWestland has stepped up its product portfolio with the unveiling earlier this week of its New Generation Helicopter Family, consisting of the existing A109 Grand New and AW139 flagships and the in-development AW169 and AW189 models.
The strategy is clear. AgustaWestland wants to give operators options to build their fleet through the different weight classes it will soon cover.
Cessna Aircraft said today at the Singapore Airshow that it expects “accelerating demand” for light and midsize business jets across the Asia-Pacific region in the next decade. Speaking at the show, vice president of sales for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia (EMAA) Trevor Esling said, “The Asia-Pacific region already accounts for 10 percent of Cessna’s business jet sales, and we anticipate demand increasing further in the medium to long term.
John Garrison, CEO of Bell Helicopter (Booth No. 9846), said on Sunday he believed that 2011 was the market bottom for the civil helicopter sector and that Bell’s newly-announced 525 super-medium twin program would proceed regardless of whether the Pentagon ordered more V-22 Bell/Boeing tiltrotors after 2014.