Europe remains solid for business aviation and will remain a high priority for Cessna, company president and CEO Scott Ernest said today at EBACE. This vote of confidence in an apparently ailing market will likely be endorsed tomorrow at the show, with Cessna expected to make an announcement “about a new product.” There are now more than 1,000 Cessna Citations in Europe, the largest fleet outside of the U.S.
The Cessna 560XL is the focus of an Airworthiness Directive prompted by reports of wheel inserts becoming loose and damaging brake assemblies. The AD requires an inspection of the torque lug and surrounding components (wheel base, side rim, lock ring) for damage such as corrosion, cracks, dents, bent areas, damaged or missing paint or primer, or wear on the metal.
Cessna Aircraft signed a strategic agreement today with China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Company (Caiga) and the Shijiazhuang Municipal Government that lays the groundwork for final assembly, sales and customer support for the Cessna Caravan in China for the Chinese market.
Cessna’s new Citation M2 will share a production line with the Citation Mustang in Independence, Kan. “We have capacity there,” said Brian Rohloff, Cessna business leader for the Mustang and M2 programs.
Cessna Aircraft and Bell Helicopter parent company Textron reported first-quarter revenues of $2.9 billion yesterday, up 15.2 percent from a year ago, and $247 million in manufacturing profits, an $80 million increase attributable largely to Bell. While quarterly revenues at Cessna increased by $113 million year-over-year, to $669 million, the division still recorded a loss of $6 million, though the red ink was shallower than the $38 million loss in last year’s first quarter.
The FAA has issued an Airworthiness Directive for the Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign prompted by a false cross-feed command to the right-hand fuel control card due to the cross-feed inputs on the left- and right-hand fuel control cards being connected and causing an imbalance of fuel between the left and right wing tanks. The fix will prevent lateral imbalance of the airplane resulting from uncontrolled fuel cross-feed.
Former Cessna Aircraft chairman and CEO Russ Meyer received the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Carol B. Hallett Award on Thursday. “Russ’s critical leadership role at the intersection of aviation, business, policy and philanthropy exemplifies the spirit of the Chamber and all it embodies,” said AOPA senior vice president of government affairs Melissa Rudinger. Meyer, who served as a fighter pilot with both the USAF and USMC and spent more than three decades at Cessna, previously received NBAA’s Meritorious Service to Aviation Award, among many other accolades.
Today CitationAir by Cessna announced an alliance with The Eliot Hotel, a historic boutique hotel in downtown Boston. Through this new relationship, guests of The Eliot Hotel will be eligible for “unique benefits” to fly privately with CitationAir, including 50 percent off the minimum purchase of a Citation Air Jet Card, a discount that could be as much as a $50,000, the company said. For CitationAir customers, The Eliot Hotel will offer exclusive guaranteed rates for a one-bedroom suite when they visit Boston.
General Dynamics has promoted Phebe Novakovic, the head of its marine unit, to the newly created positions of president and COO.
Cessna Aircraft has signed an agreement appointing Beijing Dingshi Ga Tech Service Center (CFIC) a Citation authorized service facility. CFIC recently acquired three Citation Sovereigns, taking its fleet of Citations to 10 aircraft. It has owned and maintained Citations since the early 1990s, using them on flight-inspection missions. It will provide maintenance services for operators of the Citation XLS+, Citation Sovereign and Citation X throughout northern Asia.