As the Eclipse 500 was being rolled out last month, the Citation Mustang very light jet was fast taking form at Cessna’s Pawnee facility in Wichita. At press time, workers had already assembled forward and aft cabin sections, and the Mustang’s wings were being assembled.
Garmin has selected FlightSafety International as the “preferred online training provider” for the G1000, the avionics suite that Cessna chose for the Citation Mustang. Scheduled for release in April, the online course will provide initial familiarization training to Mustang pilots in advance of their initial training in a FlightSafety full flight simulator.
At a ceremony today, Embraer president and CEO Mauricio Botehlo and senior vice president Luis Carlos Affonso pulled the wraps off full-scale mockups of the company’s very light and light jets to reveal their names–the Phenom 100 and 300, respectively. Yesterday, Embraer disclosed it had selected the Garmin G1000 integrated avionics system for the airplanes, both of which will be certified for single-pilot operations.
Announced at the 2002 NBAA Convention, the recently certified Citation Mustang is cementing Cessna’s reputation as an on-time, as-promised manufacturer. Certification on September 8 and first delivery on November 22 took place last year on schedule. And the company has received the production certificate and full known-icing approval, with no remaining items left to certify.
Add Belgium’s Barco to the list of companies interested in entering the market for business aircraft avionics. The company will supply the displays for Honeywell’s Apex integrated avionics system and says it is also developing a range of displays, computers and applications that could be brought to business aviation as OEM or retrofit products.
Honda engineers built a non-motion simulator–the Honda Nonlinear Aerodynamics Flight Simulator–for test-pilot training and to evaluate the flight characteristics of the jet’s configuration. Tests conducted on the simulator include deep stall, spin, one-engine-out and deployment of the dynamic spin chute.
Reacting to potential safety vulnerabilities in flight control systems installed on Part 25 business jets, the FAA is amending the airworthiness standards for autopilot, autothrust and flight guidance systems. Based on a 2004 FAA proposal and input from airframe and avionics manufacturers, effective May 11 the amended rules require automatic flight control design changes in newly certified business jets with mtow greater than 12,500 pounds.
The Diamond D-Jet (S/N 001) single-engine very light jet flew for the first time on Tuesday afternoon from London International Airport, Ontario, home of Diamond’s North American division.
FlightSafety International and Cessna are making significant progress in the development of the training program for the new Mustang VLJ, scheduled to begin next January. The initial program will include two flight simulators, two avionics flight-training devices, a mentor program and distance learning.
Cessna is halfway through the 150-hour function and reliability (F&R) flight-testing on the Citation Mustang very light jet, the last step before gaining Part 23 type certification, expected in the fourth quarter and possibly beating the Eclipse 500 VLJ to full, unrestricted certification. The TC will include approval for single-pilot operation, operations in RVSM airspace and an airframe designed for an unlimited lifetime.