Textron

February 23, 2008 - 3:23pm

Sure, you can fly, but you can’t travel. That was the case with Bell Helicopter Textron’s new Model 429, still in the test-flight phase. The speedy light twin intended for display at Heli-Expo 2008 was in Canada and flight-ready, but it had less than the 25 flight hours needed before it could legally be flown across the border into the U.S.

February 20, 2008 - 2:41am

Bell/Agusta Aerospace engineers working on the BA609 Tiltrotor have stepped up their certification efforts and now plan more than 100 hours of flight testing this year–a major acceleration over the 300 hours logged since 2003. However, the first flight of the third prototype faces yet another delay. Bell/Agusta now expects certification of the hybrid helicopter/airplane design in three years.

February 18, 2008 - 5:25am

Despite delays that have slowed progress on the Bell/Agusta BA609, AgustaWestland CEO Guiseppe Orsi insisted the program remains on track for certification and first customer deliveries in 2011.

February 8, 2008 - 10:51am

Cessna Citation 650, Atlantic City, N.J., Oct. 27, 2007–Citation N697MC came in “low and slow” on approach to Atlantic City International Airport and landed hard, substantially damaging the jet. The captain told the copilot to increase power, but the copilot “seemed confused” about different airspeed readings on the right- and left-side panel displays.

February 8, 2008 - 10:51am

Cessna Citation 650, Atlantic City, N.J., Oct. 27, 2007–Citation N697MC came in “low and slow” on approach to Atlantic City International Airport and landed hard, substantially damaging the jet. The captain told the copilot to increase power, but the copilot “seemed confused” about different airspeed readings on the right- and left-side panel displays.

February 7, 2008 - 10:10am

Pratt & Whitney Canada has joined the 10,000-pound-thrust class with formal launch of the PW800 series, the first version of which will power Cessna’s large-cabin Citation Columbus. P&WC had been working on its advanced fan technology integrator for three years when it announced at NBAA 2005 that the program would be designated PW800.

February 7, 2008 - 10:10am

Pratt & Whitney Canada has joined the 10,000-pound-thrust class with formal launch of the PW800 series, the first version of which will power Cessna’s large-cabin Citation Columbus. P&WC had been working on its advanced fan technology integrator for three years when it announced at NBAA 2005 that the program would be designated PW800.

February 7, 2008 - 10:07am

Cessna unveiled a mockup of a large-cabin intercontinental jet at the 2006 NBAA Convention, and based on strong market acceptance announced on January 24 the formal launch of the biggest Citation yet. Yesterday, Cessna revealed many more details about the newly named Citation Columbus, and AIN asked Cessna chairman, president and CEO Jack Pelton for his insights on the new jet.

February 7, 2008 - 10:07am

Cessna unveiled a mockup of a large-cabin intercontinental jet at the 2006 NBAA Convention, and based on strong market acceptance announced on January 24 the formal launch of the biggest Citation yet. Yesterday, Cessna revealed many more details about the newly named Citation Columbus, and AIN asked Cessna chairman, president and CEO Jack Pelton for his insights on the new jet.

February 7, 2008 - 10:02am

Yesterday, Cessna chairman, president and CEO Jack Pelton revealed the name of the company’s newest and largest business jet, the large-cabin CE-850 Citation Columbus. In planning for six years, the all-aluminum Columbus will seat up to 10 passengers and cost $27 million (2008 dollars).

 
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