Cessna Aircraft Co. recently rolled its 400th Citation Mustang off the assembly line at its Independence, Kan., facility. This milestone was accomplished in a little more than five years since the Mustang’s first delivery in November 2006.
Mark Paolucci, senior vice president of sales, will retire at the end of the year after 32 years with Cessna.
Cessna Aircraft Co. welcomed home to Wichita wounded veteran Private First Class Shawn Williams for Cessna’s third Veterans Airlift Command mission. Williams came home to a crowd of several hundred Cessna employees, his family and the local American Legion Riders. Williams’ stepfather is a Cessna employee. This is Williams first holiday season home with his family for more than two years.
Bonus depreciation and research and development tax credits. Those were two pieces of legislation Cessna’s Jack Pelton, president and CEO mentioned in response to my query, following his June 21 speech to the Aero Club of Washington.
He spoke of the myriad challenges we in aviation face. FAA reauthorization (long-term, not patchwork); cancellation of aircraft orders; the size of the aviation economy in the U.S. (1.2 million jobs, $320 billion annual economic output, trade surplus, transportation for many remote communities); falling student pilot starts; and fees placed on California-based flight schools. All have been discussed many times by many people. [Read more...]
Cessna has agreed to continue to be the main sponsor of the US Sport Aviation Expo, scheduled for Jan. 21-24, 2010, at Sebring Regional Airport in Sebring, Florida.
“We are thrilled that Cessna has again agreed to be the ‘Presenting Sponsor’ for our event,” said Bob Wood, expo chairman. “Their continued involvement in LSA is of great importance to this community.”
January 2010 will be the sixth time the Expo has been presented. It will continue to be focused on Light Sport Aircraft and the Sport Pilot Certificate. As in the past, free educational forums will be arranged by the Experimental Aircraft Association.
For more information: Sport-Aviation-Expo.com.
Cessna Aircraft Co. has begun deliveries of the Corvalis line of high-performance single-engine piston aircraft at the company’s customer center in Independence, Kan., the first step in moving the entire production line from Cessna’s facility in Oregon.
“We currently deliver the Cessna Skyhawk, Skylane, Stationair, and the Citation Mustang from the customer center in Independence. Using this facility for deliveries to our new Corvalis customers is a great way to begin the process that will transition the entire Corvalis production line to Independence later this year,” said Rod Holter, vice president for Cessna Single-Engine/Mustang Operations.
For more information: Cessna.com.
Sporty’s Pilot Shop again teams up with Cessna and Garmin to award a customer a new Cessna 162 SkyCatcher equipped with Garmin G300 avionics for its 2010 Sweepstakes.
Cessna Aircraft Co. will offer the Aircell in-flight, high-speed wireless data system for the Citation XLS+, Citation Sovereign and Citation X.
The system, which provides wireless broadband laptop, tablet PC or PDA connectivity for passengers and crew at altitudes greater than 10,000 feet above the continental United States, will be an option for deliveries starting in the second quarter of 2010.
The system, delivering speeds comparable to a typical DSL connection, features an ATG 4000 transceiver, a configuration module, and two antennas, and requires Aircell’s Axxess II dual-channel Iridium satellite telephone system (a standard feature on the Citation X).
Features of the system include multiple user access via the in-cabin wireless router, the ability to send and receive e-mails with attachments, access to virtual private networks (VPN), and various service plans.
For more information: Cessna.com.
Cessna Aircraft Co. has received FAA approval for its flight instructor safety stand down, a first for any aircraft original equipment manufacturer (OEM).
The safety stand down is a training seminar designed for flight instructors, flight instructor candidates and commercial pilots who may have an interest in becoming flight instructors. The course serves as an all-inclusive training event for several mandated recurrent courses with an emphasis on using new technology to enhance aviation safety. The course will also serve as a flight instructor refresher clinic.
The first-ever Cessna Flight Instructor Safety Stand Down is scheduled for June 13-14 in San Diego.