Embraer, which has sustained a presence in the business aviation market with the Legacy, a corporate version of its ERJ 135 regional jet, last month announced two clean-sheet additions to its business jet portfolio–a light jet and a very light jet (VLJ).
Cessna Citation 525A CJ2, Atlantic City, N.J., May 15, 2005–The pilot of Danish-registered CJ2 OY-JET said he “lost the brakes.” The airplane hit the water after landing at Atlantic City Municipal Airport/Bader Field, but investigators found no abnormalities in the brake systems.
Cessna’s Model 525 Citation CJ1+ received FAA type certification last month, bringing the aircraft one step closer to customer deliveries, which are expected to begin in the fourth quarter. The $4.1 million CJ1+ offers more performance, new Collins Pro Line 21 integrated avionics, enhanced cabin features and expanded standard equipment compared with the CJ1, which it supersedes.
The inaugural Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition has created a key bridgehead for business aviation in the world’s most economically dynamic region. More than 2,100 visitors attended the event from August 9 through 11 in Shanghai, China. At the city’s modern convention center they found 54 exhibitors from all corners of the globe.
Like the overall U.S. economy, the business aviation industry is still exceptionally strong, as reflected by the healthy number of new business aircraft in the works. There are now 31 business jets in development, in flight-test or certified within the last 12 months.
“The pilot points the plane, but who points the pilot?” read the sign over the Avitat exhibit at the 17th annual NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in San Antonio in January. It was a blunt affirmation of schedulers’ and dispatchers’ contribution to safe and efficient flight operations.
According to Cessna Citation Encore+ program manager Lynn Young, the program is on track to reach FAA certification in the third quarter. An Encore+ prototype that has been fitted with one of the FADEC-equipped Pratt & Whitney Canada PW535B turbofans has been flying since February, logging 40 hours over 20 flights at press time.
Cessna 525 CitationJet, Murfreesboro, Tenn., May 16, 2006–No injuries were reported when CitationJet N545TG overran the runway on landing at Murfreesboro and the gear collapsed. The pilot and six passengers had flown from Newport News, Va., on an IFR flight plan. The jet is registered to Interstate Warehousing of Fort Wayne, Ind.
Cessna CitationJet 525, Old Bridge, N.J., July 17, 2005–The NTSB blamed the crash of the Cessna CitationJet on the pilot’s improper preflight planning, which resulted in an overweight landing.
Expect Cessna at the NBAA Convention next month to announce the Citation CJ4, a stretched version of the CJ3 with a slightly swept wing based on the Sovereign airfoil. The new aircraft, with a cabin 21 inches longer than the CJ3, will be powered by 3,400-pound-thrust Williams International FJ44-4 turbofans and will likely replace the Encore.