Cessna is doing more than introducing new business jet models. The Wichita airframer is changing the way it does business with its customers. That is the message from Cindy Halsey, the company’s long-serving vice president of interior design and engineering.
Mark Paolucci, a 32-year employee of Cessna Aircraft, announced that he is retiring from his position as senior v-p of sales at the end of the year. Paolucci started with Cessna as a design engineer in 1979. Cessna is dividing sales into western and eastern hemispheres, which will be run by Tim White, v-p of sales, the Americas; and Trevor Esling, who was promoted to v-p of sales, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Bell Helicopter Textron has high hopes that three aircraft making their Dubai Air Show debuts–the Bell 407AH and 429, and Bell Boeing V-22 tiltrotor–will soon find permanent homes in the Middle East.
AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) earlier this month introduced the Shadow M2, a growth version of its Shadow 200 UAS with increased payload capacity for signals intelligence, electronic warfare and other new missions.
Cessna Aircraft and Bell Helicopter parent company Textron reported third-quarter revenues of $2.8 billion yesterday, up 13.5 percent from last year, and profits of $236 million (up $124 million). At Cessna, third-quarter revenues climbed by $236 million to $771 million, while profits increased by $64 million, going from a $31 million loss last year to a positive $33 million this year.
Like most other manufacturers in the aviation industry, the business of building, selling and supporting business aircraft continues to be a financially mixed bag for Cessna Aircraft, with some things better, some things worse and some things more or less stagnant.
Custom-rifle maker Charlie Sisk–who uses a Cessna 182 to help him meet with customers and build his business–will be on hand at the Corporate Aviation Training booth (No. 2125) here at the NBAA 2011 to discuss the ways business aviation has aided his career. You can meet with him on Monday (8-11 a.m.), Tuesday (2-5 p.m.) or Wednesday (8-11 a.m.).
In 1998, the National Business Aviation Association started honoring member companies that have flown 50 years or more without an accident, and in 2006, the association added companies that have 60-year records. In 2010, three companies were honored for having 75 years of safe operation: Lane Aviation, Columbus, Ohio; South Carolina Aeronautics Commission, Columbia, S.C.; and Exxon Mobil, Dallas, Texas.
Bill Schultz, currently executive vice president and COO of CitationAir, will take over as president and CEO of the private air services company as of tomorrow.
The conclusion of delegates at the Business Aviation Europe event at Biggin Hill Airport near London last month (September 14-15) seemed to be that things can only get better. But there was little hard evidence that this sentiment will be enough to push back against strong economic tides that threaten to pull the industry under once more.