Cessna announced today that it is partnering with Winglet Technology of Wichita to offer the company’s patented elliptical winglets as a retrofit later this year for in-service Citation Xs. Though flight testing won’t begin until later this summer, Winglet Technology president Bob Kiser told AIN the design has been shown to “significantly improve performance” on hot days at higher elevations.
Cessna Aircraft opened its new $61 million Citation Service Center multi-use facility in Wichita in December and the interior refurbishment shop is hard at work. Since the start of the year, Cessna has done 10 cabin refurbishment jobs. A spokeswoman at Cessna said the ability to do interior refurbishment while an aircraft is in the same facility for maintenance substantially reduces downtime.
Cessna Aircraft has entered into an agreement with Innovative Solutions & Support for the avionics maker to provide flat-panel display systems for legacy Cessna Citations. The new system replaces existing round dials and displays and will be distributed and installed through 34 Cessna Service Centers worldwide.
Some MROs are growing increasingly concerned about working on aircraft that are more than 18 years old because they fall beyond the statute of repose limits established in the General Aviation Revitalization Act of 1994. The concern is that litigation after an accident involving an older aircraft could shift to the maintenance shop. Yingling Aviation of Wichita does not let that concern limit its services.
Raytheon Beech 99A, Milwaukee, Jan. 25, 2007–A Freight Runners Beech 99 collided with a company Cessna 402B at a runway-taxiway intersection after landing on Runway 25L at General Mitchell International Airport. The Beech 99 pilot, who was slightly injured, landed just past the intersecting Runway 19, slowed, and told Tower he could exit at A2 taxiway, which led to A, and he was cleared.
Shipments of general aviation aircraft last year increased significantly over 2005, resulting in record highs in billings and in business jet deliveries.
Cessna booked orders for 71 Citations in the third quarter, bringing the order book to just under 230 for the first nine months of this year, according to the company’s earnings report released this morning by the manufacturer’s parent company, Textron. Cessna delivered 61 Citations in the third quarter of this year compared with 41 a year ago and one higher than its forecasted range of 55 to 60.
Few, if any, Citation Mustang orders are for air-limo operations, and Cessna appears neither surprised nor alarmed.
Bombardier Aerospace yesterday revealed it will build a component manufacturing facility in Querétaro, Mexico, to begin operations next May, initially producing wire harnesses but eventually having the capability for "final aircraft assembly." Later next year the facility is scheduled to start manufacturing "major structural aircraft components" currently being built by Asian suppliers.
During its earnings report presented today, Raytheon said it delivered 29 business jets and 27 King Airs in the third quarter, bringing turbine airplanes delivered in the first nine months of this year to 145 compared with 128 in the same period last year. Based on improved earnings, overall bookings and sales expectations, Raytheon Aircraft has increased its 2005 delivery forecast from 256 turbine airplanes to 267.