When Cessna canceled the large-cabin Citation Columbus last year, many wondered what the company would do next. Now we know: the Citation X will remain Cessna's flagship–for now. Yesterday the Wichita-based airframer unveiled a longer and slightly faster variant of its iconic mach 0.92 Mach speedster, first delivered in 1996, and rebranded it the Ten.
Another Cessna Citation XLS+ is on its way to China. Hong Kong-based Asia Jet will add the aircraft to its charter fleet and use the aircraft for demonstration flights beginning in 2011. Six Citation Excel/XLS/XLS+ jets are currently operating in China.
When Cessna canceled the large-cabin Citation Columbus last year, many wondered what the company would do next. Now we know: the Citation X will remain Cessna’s flagship—for now. Cessna unveiled yesterday a longer and slightly faster variant of its iconic 0.92 Mach speedster, first delivered in 1996, and rebranded it the Ten.
Despite an active first quarter in the light jet market, the remainder of the year has proven to be a sobering reminder that the world continues to recover from the financial meltdown of 2008 and 2009. This is not surprising, considering that the light jet market tends to react directly to the general economy as measured by stock market indices.
Cessna Citation engine retrofit specialist Sierra Industries of Uvalde, Texas, has taken a step into the avionics realm with a new program to engineer an integrated digital Garmin glass cockpit upgrade for legacy Cessna Citation 501s.
The good news for Cessna Aircraft is that analysts expect the Wichita-based aircraft manufacturer to maintain its position as the business aircraft market leader in terms of volume over the next decade. But the bad news is that it will have to fight an ever-increasing amount of competition, most notably from Embraer, meaning the company must continue to be relentless in refreshing its business jet product lines and launching new ones.
Cessna Citation 525A, Storm Lake, Iowa, June 21, 2010–The Citation CJ2 was landing at Storm Lake Municipal Airport at the conclusion of a Part 91 flight from Oklahoma City, when it departed the runway, collapsing the nosegear and causing structural wing damage. VMC prevailed at the time of the accident, but standing water from area thunderstorms was reported on the runway. The ATP-rated pilot and four passengers were uninjured.
Cessna Citation 550, Brac, Croatia, July 15, 2010–The Serbian-registered Citation Bravo, operated by Prince Aviation, was substantially damaged when it overran the runway at Brac Airport after landing on a flight from Albania. The twinjet broke through the airport's perimeter fence and caught fire after it came to rest in a ditch. The two pilots, flight attendant and two passengers escaped unharmed.
The UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) yesterday released its incident report on the near midair of a German-registered Cessna Citation CJ1 and a Turkish Airlines Boeing 777 on the afternoon of July 27, 2009, after the business jet crew climbed too quickly after taking off from London City Airport.
The Garmin G1000 glass cockpit system on Tuesday received FAA STC approval for Cessna CitationJets. According to Garmin, the approval for the RVSM-compliant system covers S/Ns 0001 through 0359. The G1000 suite weighs 100 pounds less than the original avionics and allows pilots to fly Waas approaches with Garmin’s GFC 700 autopilot, as well as have electronic charts, datalink weather and an optional synthetic vision system.