West Star Aviation, of Grand Junction, Colo., has been around for more than five decades. It was originally known as Monarch Aviation and began as an aviation sales and service business in 1952. In 1987 the Bueschers, a local family, acquired the assets from Monarch Aviation and renamed the business West Star Aviation.
Both revenue and profit at Cessna decreased in the first quarter, compared with the same period last year, primarily due to delivering fewer jets–34 versus 50. However, a jump in orders has prompted the Wichita-based company to increase this year’s delivery target from between 165 and 170 jets to between 170 and 175. Cessna booked orders for 70 new jets in the first quarter and is projecting jet deliveries “north of 200” next year.
Photos surface on the Internet occasionally that are too strong just to file away. The story these pictures tell is the collision on January 16 this year between a Beech Baron B55 and a Cessna 180K near Tehachapi, Calif. (NTSB ID LAX04 FA095A/B). The Baron pilot, cruise-climbing between 5,500 and 6,500 feet at the moment of impact with the Cessna’s right landing gear, survived the collision and was able to put down on a dirt strip.
Citation operators this summer can expect to receive Service Bulletins to address European TCAS/ ACAS and upgraded mode-S transponder requirements going into effect early next year.
Cessna Aircraft president and CEO Jack Pelton said last month that the Wichita company’s newest business jet, the Citation Mustang, will be assembled at its Independence, Kan. plant.
Cessna’s first Citation CJ3 light jet rolled off the production line on Friday, February 13 at the company’s Wichita facility. The six-passenger airplane, announced at the 2002 NBAA Convention, is expected to receive type certification this summer. Cessna said its CJ3 order book stands at more than 100 aircraft.
CESSNA 441, GREENACRES CITY, FLA., DEC. 30, 2003–Cessna N111RC crashed into a lake at about 11:15 a.m. in a residential area of Greenacres City, killing the sole occupant and destroying the aircraft. The aircraft was on a Part 91 flight in VMC and was not on a flight plan. N111RC’s flight originated from Boca Raton Airport (BCT), Fla., approximately 30 minutes before the accident.
Manufacturers delivered 518 new business jets last year, some 23 percent fewer than the 676 shipped in 2002, according to the annual year-end report released last month by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. Last year’s figure is the lowest level since 1998, when 520 business jets were delivered.
The NBAA Safety Committee met last month at the association’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., to discuss the creation of training standards and operations guidelines for the emerging very light jet segment. In attendance were insurance underwriters, training vendors and two manufacturers (Cessna and Eclipse) that are developing very light jets. These initiatives are expected to be completed later this year, said the association.
The six-seat Citation Mustang, Cessna’s newest addition to its stable of business jets, is starting to take shape. At press time, the Wichita manufacturer was busy building the Mustang prototype’s tooling, and more than 3,700 of the very light jet’s 5,000 detail parts had been fabricated. The $2.395 million Mustang is the company’s first clean-sheet aircraft design since it launched the Citation III in 1978.