It has been six years since Cessna last had a presence at a Farnborough air show. The company skipped the last two, reasoning that the aerospace and defense giants in residence were starting to crowd out business jet makers.
HR Textron (Hall 3 Stand A8) will develop and deliver the integrated flight control actuation system (FCAS) for the Bell 429 light-twin helicopter. Both HR Textron and Bell Helicopters (Fort Worth, Texas) are wholly-owned subsidiaries of Textron Inc., headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island.
Despite lack of near-term availability, Cessna received orders for 111 Citations in the first quarter compared with 73 in the first quarter of last year. This quarter’s numbers include 41 aircraft from two fleet operators. “Nonetheless, the remaining orders for 70 aircraft were more than we had expected,” according to Lewis Campbell, chairman, president and CEO of Cessna parent Textron.
Cessna Aircraft has joined forces with the FAA and the Regional Air Cargo Carriers Association (RACCA) for a Cessna Caravan “educational and awareness campaign,” according to a spokesman for the OEM.
New York’s state Senate last week passed legislation (S.3655) sponsored by Sen. Bill Larkin (R-39th District) to provide a sales and use tax exemption on general aviation airplanes to be operated under Part 91 and purchased in the state. The exemption, if passed by the state Assembly and signed by the governor, would take effect on December 1.
Despite limited availability of near-term delivery slots, order and shipment activity at Cessna continues to be “extremely strong and is showing no signs of abatement anytime soon,” according to Lewis Campbell, chairman, president and CEO of Cessna parent Textron. Cessna delivered 74 Citations in the third quarter and expects to ship 85 in the fourth quarter, to bring this year’s total to more than 300.
The first half of this year saw considerably improved sales and deliveries of Citations compared with the first half of last year, according to second-quarter financial results released today by parent company Textron. Deliveries of 76 Citations in the second quarter brought first-half deliveries to 142 compared with 118 in the same period last year.
Cessna’s cessnaelearning.com Web site now offers a Caravan cold-weather operations course, a series of five self-paced training modules, taking an estimated two to three hours to complete. Cessna issues users a certificate of completion once they finish the online exams.
Consider the lowly fastener, an object guaranteed to induce acute boredom in the mind of the average man, a cure for insomnia perhaps. They’re hidden away in corners, under seats and floors and behind panels, rarely seen but so necessary.
In its first-quarter earnings report, Textron said that of the 55 Citations its Cessna division delivered (compared with 33 in the first quarter last year), 50 percent were the CJ3, XLS and Sovereign–all new within the last year. Textron said that during the quarter, Cessna booked orders for 73 Citations, better than it expected.