Once again I was reminded that I never stop learning about flying. This time it was a fuel-injected Cessna Skyhawk, which stubbornly refused to start after I landed and taxied to the gas pump to fill it up before putting it away. It was a gorgeous day in Southern California, light winds, incredible visibility and a fun flight out of Santa Monica Airport.
After recently concluding all high-speed certification flights, the FAA has validated the Mach 0.935 maximum operating speed for Cessna’s new Citation X.
Alexander Mikheev has been named CEO of Russian Helicopters. He previously served as deputy CEO of Rosoboronexport, Russia’s weapon export agency.
Stuart Woods, a best-selling author, is the launch customer for the Cessna Citation M2, Cessna Aircraft announced at NBAA 2013.
Russell W. Meyer Jr., former chairman of the Cessna Aircraft Co., will receive the fourth annual Wichita Aero Club (WAC) trophy at the organization’s Trophy Gala on Jan. 25, 2014.
“Russ’s contributions to the aviation industry and to the local community are so numerous and so extensive that it would take a book just to list them. He is, without question, a great choice for the Wichita Aero Club Trophy,” said Dave Franson, WAC president.
Less than half (49 percent) of owners and operators of business aircraft around the globe believe the business aviation industry is past its low point, according to the annual JetNet iQ market briefing presented this week at NBAA 2013. That’s a slight drop from the 52 percent who said the industry was beyond its bottom in last year’s survey, according to business aviation information firm JetNet. Regionally, 54 percent of respondents in North America believe the worst is over, while in Latin America and the rest of the world, only 35 percent expressed such confidence.
Fractional jet share and charter companies from NetJets to JetSuite to Executive AirShare are choosing to stack their fleets with Cessna Citation jets, large and small, according to Brad Thress, senior vice-president of business jets for Cessna Aircraft Company (Booth No. C8843).
NetJets, the largest Citation Jet operator in the world with 50 Citation Xs in its fleet, is perhaps one of the clearest examples, Thress pointed out. NetJets has 25 Cessna Citation Latitudes on order and options for 125 more, all of which will begin deliveries in 2016.
Cessna Aircraft (Booth No. C8843) has sold two Citation Mustangs to the Yunnan Ruifeng General Aviation Company in China, for use in charter operations. Yunnan intends to operate the aircraft to very high altitude airports with elevations of approximately 13,000 feet. The aircraft will be delivered in December 2013 and next year. The deal is the first sale of a Citation Mustang to a Chinese charter operator. Yunnan already operates a Cessna Grand Caravan that it uses for sightseeing flights in southwest China.
Cessna Aircraft inked a deal with Yunnan Ruifeng General Aviation Co. this week at NBAA 2013 that will see Citation Mustangs being flown for charter services in China for the first time. Yunnan Ruifeng is acquiring two Citation Mustangs to operate charter flights in China. First delivery is scheduled for December, with the second delivery following next year. The Chinese operator was founded in 2011 and already flies a Cessna Grand Caravan for sightseeing flights in southwest China.
Less than half (49 percent) of owners and operators of business aircraft around the globe believe the business aviation industry is past its low point, according to the annual JetNet iQ State of the Market Briefing presented at NBAA 2013 on Tuesday. That’s a slight drop from the 52 percent who said the industry was beyond its bottom in last year’s survey, according to JetNet, the Ithaca, N.Y.-based market data provider.