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.
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.
Last Friday morning the Bell/Agusta BA609 civil tiltrotor flew over Central Texas with its outboard nacelles rotating forward to full airplane mode for the first time. BA609 project pilot Roy Hopkins and Bell pilot Jim Lindsey said the powered-lift aircraft reached 190 knots in this configuration.
In the final report on the February 2005 Cessna Citation 560 crash in Pueblo, Colo., the NTSB said it interviewed instructors about pilot training on Citation 560 de-icing procedures. The Citation 560 AFM recommends that pilots wait to activate de-ice boots until one-quarter to half an inch of ice accumulates to prevent so-called ice bridging.
Global events are apparently conspiring to create some increase in the cost of business aircraft interiors. Ed Harris, director of sales and marketing for Fiber Art of San Antonio, said his company has recently sent letters to its customers advising them that prices this year are going up by about 15 percent.
As part of an alliance with interiors specialist Yingling Aviation of Wichita, Cessna began offering the Oasis executive cabin interior for its Cessna 208 Caravan in October. The program has already produced 10 Oasis-cabin Caravans, and in May the company delivered the first of two aircraft to be registered in the UK.
Cessna’s new and expanded Citation service center in Orlando, Fla., opened for business on June 21. The 155,000-sq-ft facility, which replaces the original 47,275-sq-ft center built there in 1983, will be further enlarged to nearly 200,000 sq ft by October. Cessna is also building a massive Citation service center at its headquarters in Wichita.