Cessna received the FAA production certificate for its new Citation Mustang very light jet on November 22, two-and-a-half months after type certification on September 8. By issuing the production certificate, the FAA cleared Cessna for volume production and to conduct flight tests and sign airworthiness certificates using its own designees and with less FAA involvement.
Cessna Aircraft (Stand E705) has continued with recently introduced nomenclature for its newly upgraded models by turning the Citation Encore into the Encore+. Previous Citation models that received the plus treatment are the CJ1+ and CJ2+ light jets.
Bahrain Executive Air Services (Bexair) is seeing strong interest in its new aircraft financing venture, Arabian Aircraft & Equipment Leasing Co. (AAELCO). “Everyone is interested,” finance and administration director Marwan Al-Tassan said here yesterday. “There is demand from buyers but they can’t get the financing from the banks. If they come to Bexair they can get the financing through AAELCO and we can manage the aircraft as well.”
Jet Aviation’s Dallas MRO operation has been acquired by Premier/West Star. Jet Aviation will continue to provide FBO services such as fuel at the Love Field location, while Premier/West Star will provide aircraft maintenance services. The arrangement gives Premier/West Star the facility’s factory-authorized Cessna Citation rating and it will continue to specialize in Hawkers, Learjets, Falcons, King Airs, Beechjets and Westwinds.
Cessna’s receipt of flight-in-known-icing certification for the Citation Mustang in early November means that the jet’s certification program is complete and it is time to remove the airplane from the In The Works list.
The first Mustang delivered will be used for customer demonstrations. Cessna plans to deliver 40 Mustangs next year, with the first delivery to a customer outside Cessna taking place early next year.
Dubai-based Eastern Skyjets has received a United Arab Emirates air operator’s certificate, enabling it to develop its charter business with a locally registered aircraft. For the past 18 months it has been flying a South African-registered Cessna Citation Eagle jet under a special exemption.
A booming regional economy, shifting travel patterns and aggressive sales representation have combined to propel remarkable growth in the fleet of Cessna Citation business jets in the region. By the beginning of 2006, Cessna will have 30 Citations based in the Middle East, with additional aircraft on order, according to Roger Whyte, senior vice president sales and marketing.
General aviation manufacturers continue to show steady growth in deliveries and backlogs. According to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), airframe builders delivered 2,842 piston and turbine airplanes in the first nine months of this year–nearly 19 percent more than the 2,391 shipments made in the same period last year.
Cessna sold three Citation business jets here at Asian Aerospace yesterday.
First, Japan Aerospace Corp. (JAC) inked a deal to buy its second CJ2+. Then Taneja Aerospace and Aviation of Bangalore, India, bought a CJ2+ and an XLS.
“We’ve found the CJ2+ is well suited for the Japanese market,” said JAC president and CEO Kazuyuki Tamura. “It is ideal to replace the large, but outdated twin turboprops in Japan.”
Cessna Aircraft (Booth No. 602) has announced the sale to two undisclosed customers of eight Caravan turboprops. Four of the aircraft will be outfitted with the Oasis corporate interior for an unidentified Russian buyer, which will use them to augment its Moscow-based fleet of corporate helicopters. The other four are bound for the Middle East.