Cessna has regained the title of fastest civil aircraft with yesterday’s receipt of the FAA type certificate for the upgraded Citation X+ and today’s delivery of the first customer aircraft. The midsize Citation X+ has a verified maximum speed of Mach 0.935 (617 mph/536 ktas), besting the Gulfstream G650’s Mach 0.925.
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Cessna started full assembly-line flow on the Citation Latitude at its manufacturing facilities in Wichita, the company announced yesterday. Assembly of the midsize business jet includes several technological advancements, according to Cessna, such as the use of new automated robotics and ergonomically friendly tooling stations.
After moving the partially built components of the all-composite, single-engine Privateer amphibian to Comp Air Aviation in Titusville, Fla. for final assembly, Comp Air technicians have put together major portions of the airframe. In the past three months, the Comp Air team has installed the wings and center section on the fuselage, then attached that assembly to the floats. “The horizontal stabilizer and elevator are complete and ready for control system integration,” according to Comp Air. First flight of the 714-hp Walter 601-powered amphibian is planned in the fourth quarter.
The team that is working to bring the amphibious Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6-powered Turbine Mallard into production has been traveling globally to talk to potential customers and possible manufacturing partners, according to general manager Sam Jantzen. “We currently have some interest from manufacturers and from other investment groups to partner in this project,” he told AIN.
Gulfstream Aerospace is boosting the range potential of its G650 flagship with the launch of an ER extended-range version. At an EBACE press conference on May 19, Gulfstream president Larry Flynn said that the G650’s already lengthy range figure of 7,000 nm will grow to 7,500 nm at Mach 0.85, which will make it the longest-range business jet when it receives certification. Alternatively, the ER version can reach out a further 400 nm beyond the baseline G650 to fly 6,400 nm at Mach0.90.
Gulfstream (Booth 5129) filed a patent this week for a new undercarriage arrangement that significantly reduces the amount of noise created when the aircraft flies with the landing gear deployed. As engines have become ever quieter, the aerodynamic noise created by disturbed airflow around the aircraft itself makes up an increasing proportion of the overall noise signature. In landing configuration one of the biggest culprits is the landing gear, and the nosewheel in particular.
There is good news and bad news for Rhineland Air Service (RAS), the Daher-Socata TBM distributor for Germany and Austria. The good news is that Badenwings, a corporate aircraft operator in Germany, stopped by Daher-Socata’s EBACE exhibit (Booth 6540) on Tuesday and unexpectedly signed for a new TBM 900. However, the aircraft that Badenwings will be taking–S/N 1005–was originally slotted to be delivered next week to RAS as a demonstration aircraft, so the distributor will now have to wait until later in the year to get another demo TBM 900.
Earlier this month SyberJet Aircraft broke ground on a new completion and delivery center that it is constructing in Cedar City, Utah for the SJ30 light jet. The 30,000-sq-ft facility is adjacent to the headquarters of SyberJet’s parent company, MSC Aerospace, and will serve as the focal point of customer engagement.
Opus Aeronautics is exhibiting a 2011 Falcon 7X on the EBACE static display that is for sale for $43.8 million. The aircraft has logged 660 hours, a modest flight time for a two-year-and-a-half old long-range business jet. The 7X has been on the market for just three weeks, the company said.
The Falcon 7X, registered M-INER, has had its cockpit upgraded to EASy II avionics and FANS capability. It is also equipped with a head-up display and enhanced vision system.
A Dassault Falcon 7X earlier this month set a speed record from New York Teterboro airport to London City (LCY) airport, cruising at Mach 0.88 for most of the 3,465-nm trip.