December 19, 2007 - 3:14pm

Rolls-Royce promoted Scott Crislip to helicopters president for the company.

He succeeds Stuart Mullan, who is leaving to pursue other interests. Crislip joined Rolls-Royce in 2002 as v-p of mission-ready management solutions.

CMC Electronics named Jean-Pierre Mortreux president and CEO. He joined the company from Thales Avionics North America, where he was president and CEO.

December 19, 2007 - 5:42am

Bell/Agusta has delivered a second AB139 to the government of Namibia. The aircraft will fly on utility, emergency medical service and transportation missions as part of the country’s Government Air Transportation Services. Additional deliveries are expected by year-end. The company currently has orders for about 80 aircraft.

December 18, 2007 - 5:00am

Jack Pelton was appointed Cessna’s president and CEO last December. He joined the Wichita-based manufacturer in November 2000 as senior vice president of product engineering, with full responsibility for engineering and product development activities–including new aircraft design, development, flight test and certification–and product improvements for all aircraft in production and service.

December 14, 2007 - 10:33am

Reporting on its third-quarter results, Textron said its Cessna Aircraft unit received orders for 71 Citations, including 22 for the new CJ2+, and 13 more for CitationShares. With these orders, Textron said Cessna is totally sold out for this year. In addition, “We added 25 new orders for delivery next year, bringing the total orders at this time to 185 for next year,” or about 82 percent of next year’s delivery plan of 225 jets.

December 11, 2007 - 5:24am

“The fleet is growing and we want to make the right decision at the right time. We are in the midst of discussions about Mesa but there’s no decision so far,” a Cessna spokeswoman told AIN. The comment comes on the heels of an announcement by Mesa Mayor Keno Hawker in his State of the City address that Cessna would be building its 10th domestic Citation Service Center there.

December 10, 2007 - 12:11pm

Mike Redenbaugh has made quite an impact at Bell in the 18 months since he became the company’s CEO. He moved in at something of a low point in the company’s fortunes, with an aging product line and the embarrassment of competitor Eurocopter claiming more than 50 percent of the domestic turbine market.

December 7, 2007 - 6:14am

Yingling Aviation recently opened a new 15,500-sq-ft facility that will include 12,000 sq ft of hangar space in addition to a customer spec room, shops and offices. In recent years the Wichita-based company has focused on its Oasis program, installing executive/VIP cabins in Cessna Caravans.

December 4, 2007 - 11:56am

Over the past week Cessna Aircraft has made headlines for buying bankrupt Columbia Aircraft and for a decision to manufacture its SkyCatcher light sport aircraft in China. As if that weren’t enough, the first Citation Mustang entered charter service this week, and Cessna is expected to soon announce the launch of its Large Cabin Concept business jet.

December 3, 2007 - 11:49am

Business Jets: In 2007 demand for business jets surges

November 28, 2007 - 8:22am

Cessna Aircraft broadened its single-engine aircraft line yesterday after the company submitted the winning $26.4 million bid for bankrupt Columbia Aircraft, a Bend, Ore.-based producer of high-performance, all-composite piston singles. The Wichita manufacturer disclosed at the NBAA Convention in September that it had signed a letter of intent to buy Columbia, though the bankrupt airframer still had to be formally auctioned.