August

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August was known as a month of “firsts,” when Avocet Aircraft LLC and Israel Aircraft Industries LTD (IAI) announced their signed agreement to jointly develop and market the Avocet Professional Jet , a next-generation jet designed specifically for the requirements of the air-taxi and fractional-operator markets. The company claims the Avocet ProJet "will have an acquisition price and operating costs substantially lower than today's private aircraft." A six-seat, twin-engine jet, the ProJet will sell for approximately $2 million. Cessna announced that its first production Citation CJ3 (serial number 001) took its first flight on Aug. 8, three weeks ahead of schedule. This particular CJ3 -- to be used primarily for avionics development and certification -- departed from McConnell Air Force Base and landed at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport after a 90-minute flight. On Aug. 27, Cessna team members rolled out their first Citation Sovereign assembled on the production line. On July 28, the Aviation Technology Group (ATG) announced that Avidyne will supply the FlightMax Entegra Integrated Flight Deck and the Flight Control System for their Javelin aircraft. In other news, with letters of intent from three major potential distributors, ATG announced it is well on its way to converting from direct sales to a national distributor network, and plans to show off its flight simulator to all customers at both the NBAA and AOPA conventions this fall.