According to Cessna’s v-p of service facilities Jim Morgan, “We are dedicated to expanding our worldwide Citation product network and doubling the capacity of our Cessna-owned service facilities during the next five years.” To keep up with the service requirements for the more than 3,700-strong (and growing) fleet of Citations, Cessna is expanding its Citation Service Centers here in Orlando and back at its home in Wichita.
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“When it comes to executive protection in an aviation environment, the most common problem is a breakdown in communication between security personnel and the flight department,” Greg Light told AIN. Light, an instructor for the Executive Protection Institute, teaches a corporate aircraft security seminar.
“We are dedicated to expanding our worldwide Citation product network and doubling the capacity of our Cessna-owned service facilities during the next five years,” according to Cessna v-p of service facilities Jim Morgan.
Million Air Cleveland has installed a new security system at its Burke Lakefront Airport (BKL) facility that it hopes will become the prototype for other FBOs.
That may jinx it, but the new maintenance service center hangar for PrivateSky at Fort Myers (Fla.) Airport (RSW) is being built to withstand a class 5 hurricane. The only one so built, the new climate-controlled hangar will be able to accommodate up to a dozen Gulfstream-size aircraft at PrivateSky’s FAR Part 145 repair station. An overhead crane will be installed for removing engines.
A joint venture between Air China and Lufthansa has produced one of the world’s largest MRO facilities. The 414,400-sq-ft maintenance hangar provides sufficient space to work on as many as four Airbus A380s at a time. In addition to supporting Air China’s growing fleet, it will also serve private aircraft arriving at the new Terminal 3 at Beijing’s Capital International Airport, built to support this year’s Olympics.
While many people may not be familiar with Maryland’s Hagerstown Regional Airport (HGR), President Bush’s pilots are. Air Force One has landed there so the White House entourage could be transported by helicopter to nearby Camp David.
The former Delta Air Lines terminal at Louisville (Ky.), International Airport is now home to a dedicated U.S. Customs office. Arriving international corporate flights can now taxi directly to customs rather than having passengers wait inside the aircraft while parked on the FBO ramp until customs officials arrive.
Several U.S.-based business aviation operators were surprised recently when they received bills from the FAA for overflight fees, incurred on trips that had to be flown through portal countries because of new security procedures. Some believe that N-registered aircraft do not have to pay overflight fees for U.S.-provided ATC services, but that is not the case. Any aircraft that does not take off or land at a U.S.
Cessna 525A CJ2, Tampa, Fla., Feb. 16, 2006–The NTSB said that the Zinc Acquisitions Citation’s swerving to the right on landing was caused by the failure of the left main and the auxiliary brake lines due to fatigue cracking, making directional control impossible. A contributing factor was the airport sign concrete pad, which the jet hit.