Cessna Builds On BizAv Success

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While Cessna Aircraft Company's presence at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 focuses primarily on the company's single-engine line, including the Caravan turboprop, its hugely successful line of business jets are never far from the forefront. Present in the company's booth at this year's event are a Citation Mustang very light jet (VLJ), the light Citation CJ2+ and a pre-owned Citation ValuePlus Ultra. The company says the Citation Mustang VLJ enjoys more than 500 orders, with 45 copies delivered in 2007 and plans to celebrate the 100th unit's delivery in August. Three of every five Citation Mustangs go to international customers. The current fleet totals 86 aircraft that have accumulated more than 12,500 flight hours, with the high-time Mustang having logged more than 500 hours.

While Cessna would love to sell you a jet during AirVenture 2008, its piston singles remain at the forefront of its presence. Among piston-related announcements at this year's show are the company's expectation of delivering some 150 Cessna 350/400 (ne้ Columbia) aircraft this year, up to $15,000 in fuel-based incentives to buy a new Cessna 182 Skylane or Turbo Skylane -- including a free upgrade of G1000-equipped airplanes to Garmin's Synthetic Vision Technology. Also for G1000-equipped singles, Cessna is adding a free Garmin FliteLevel Extended Warranty, giving owners comprehensive protection against unexpected product failures for up to five years when their standard two-year factory warranty expires. No flight-hour limitation applies and the extended warranty is transferable with the sale of the aircraft to which it applies.