Cessna Aircraft announced today at LABACE that it has again increased the range–to 2,500 nm–of its in-development, midsize Citation Latitude. When announced at the NBAA Convention last year, the Latitude was originally expected to have a range of 2,000 nm. In February, Cessna stretched the airplane’s legs to 2,300 nm, and after further discussions with customers it decided to extend the range again, to 2,500 nm.
Atlantic Aviation, an FBO at Birmingham International Airport in Alabama, has been chosen by Cessna Aircraft to be the base of operations for a new mobile service unit (MSU). Cessna MSUs provide on-site technical expertise and immediate support for Citation operators. The specially outfitted trucks carry most of the same tools and equipment found in Cessna Citation factory service centers and can perform a variety of procedures up to and including engine exchanges. This latest MSU joins 17 others already in service in the U.S. for a total of 22 throughout North America and Europe.
Cessna president and CEO Scott Ernest will be the featured guest speaker at the next meeting of the Atlanta Aero Club, to be held at noon on August 9 at the Grand Ballroom of the Capital City Club in downtown Atlanta. The club has received a large number of advanced reservations for this event and is expecting more than 100 members and guests to attend. Ernest joined Cessna last year after a 27-year career at GE Aviation.
AAI Textron Systems is upgrading more than half of the U.S. Army’s RQ-7B Shadow unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to incorporate a tactical common datalink (TCDL) supporting interoperability with other manned and unmanned aircraft. The company has a contract from the U.S. Marine Corps to arm the Shadow using the larger wing added through the Army modifications.
Cessna Aircraft and Bell Helicopter drove most of the second-quarter growth at parent company Textron, chairman and CEO Scott Donnelly said during an investor conference call this morning. Combined, the two aviation segments accounted for $1.82 billion of Textron’s $3 billion in revenues and $187 million of its $288 million profit during the quarter.
Software company SkyBooks is now offering its version 4.7 aircraft operations management system in two product lines, for flight operations or maintenance management. Both versions are available as either analyst- or user-managed.
“Segmentation in two functional areas and bundling core offerings is a result of customer requests and new feature enhancements,” said CEO John Willis.
As of mid-June the next hurdle for Hawker Beechcraft was the June 30 deadline to file its plan of reorganization with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan.
“The plan provides specific details regarding how the company plans to pay creditors and allow the business to be successful in the long term,” said an HBC spokeswoman.
Cessna Aircraft has appointed Bill Schultz, the current president of subsidiary CitationAir, as its new senior vice president of business development for China, effective July 1.
For the uninitiated, China can be a scary place to consider establishing a manufacturing operation. Tales abound of product designs being copied, many well documented and ranging from high-end golf clubs to industrial fittings, movies, books and even electronic components.
The U.S. Senate approved legislation yesterday to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, bringing to conclusion a dispute in Congress driven by the airline industry’s opposition to export financing of Boeing long-range aircraft purchased by competing foreign carriers. The Export-Import Act of 2012 (H.R.2072) was approved a week earlier by the House and is expected to be signed by President Obama. The bill extends the bank’s charter through 2014 and increases its lending authority by $40 billion, to $140 billion.