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Cessna Beats Out Eclipse In First VLJ Delivery

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On Wednesday, Cessna delivered the first Citation Mustang very light jet (VLJ) following the receipt of the FAA production certificate for the aircraft’s Independence, Kan. assembly line. The Mustang became the first FAA-certified VLJ on Sept. 8, and this delivery marks another first in the emerging VLJ class. Last month the six-seat, $2.65 million jet received FAA approval for flight into known icing. Cessna said Mustang Management Group (MMG) of Fresno, Calif., took delivery of the first Mustang and will lease back the aircraft for 10 months as a demonstrator. MMG then plans to use the Mustang in its Scott Aviation subsidiary for flight training. The production certificate authorizes Cessna to produce, flight test and grant airworthiness certificates for the Mustang. “All of us at Cessna are ecstatic to have these two significant milestones occur in one day – the delivery of the first Citation Mustang and the awarding of the FAA production certificate,” noted Cessna Chairman, President and CEO Jack Pelton. The first delivery to a customer who will put the Mustang into regular service is expected to take place early next year. Cessna plans on delivering 40 Mustangs in 2007, with production scheduled to ramp up through 2009.

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