Cessna Delivers First Retail Citation Mustang VLJ

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Cessna on Monday delivered its first "retail" and third production Citation Mustang business jet to Dave and Dawn Goode of GOODE Ski Technologies. Earlier, the company delivered two other copies of the Mustang, which are being used by Cessna as marketing demonstration aircraft. A former U.S. Ski Team member, Dave Goode founded GOODE Ski Technologies in 1975. After 15 years of manufacturing and marketing ski accessories, Goode developed and produced the snow ski industry's first carbon fiber ski. Goode also patented the first carbon fiber water ski. Today, GOODE is the world leader in carbon composite ski poles, snow skis and water skis. “We are proud to be the owners of the first retail Mustang and excited about putting it into service,” Goode said.

Goode currently operates a Cessna 310 piston twin. He completed his single-pilot Citation Mustang type rating on March 1, becoming the first customer to be rated in the aircraft. Full FAA type certification for the Citation Mustang was awarded Sept. 8, 2006. Cessna said it plans to deliver 40 Citation Mustangs in 2007, with production ramping up to about 150 aircraft per year by the end of 2009. The six-place Citation Mustang has a top speed of 340 KTAS (nearly 400 miles per hour), a range of 1,150 nautical miles (1,323 statute miles/2,130 km – NBAA IFR reserves) and a service ceiling of 41,000 feet (12,500 m) – well suited for getting above most weather and commercial traffic for more efficient operations.