Volume 2, Number 11 -- June 16, 2004

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CESSNA GETS CITATION SOVEREIGN PAPERS
The Cessna Citation certification machine continues to run more or less on schedule: Cessna Aircraft on June 2 celebrated FAA type certification of its newest model, the model 680 Citation Sovereign. The mid-size business jet is the latest to join Cessna's Citation stable and includes many technical and operational innovations, according to the company. Additionally, the Sovereign marks the first time customers can train their pilots in a certified level-D simulator prior to first delivery. In AVweb's opinion, Cessna has once again demonstrated its relentless ability to bring new models to its customers with less muss and fuss than other manufacturers. The company's latest achievement also debuts Cessna’s first use of the Maintenance Steering Group inspection program (MSG 3), an industry-recognized set of procedures designed to enhance aircraft maintenance through ongoing fault analysis. The MSG 3 programs are designed to both result in significant savings in scheduled maintenance costs and improve dispatch reliability.

"This is a great day for Cessna," said Jack J. Pelton, Cessna’s president and CEO, in a press release. "We have been working with the FAA on the Sovereign’s certification for the past few months. In the Cessna tradition, the Sovereign exceeds the performance numbers we originally announced. Everyone at Cessna who helped make this new airplane a reality should be extremely proud." The Cessna employees to whom Pelton referred include the Citation Sovereign’s integrated design team. According to the company, this group developed many new engineering and manufacturing efficiencies that can and will be used on future aircraft programs at Cessna. More...

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MEANWHILE, RAYTHEON'S PREMIERE I ACHIEVES MILESTONE...
At almost the same time Cessna was celebrating its latest Citation certification, Raytheon Aircraft popped the party favors over the 100th delivery of its top-of-the-line Premier I bizjet, to FDRS Air Inc. of Norfolk, Va. Although the delivery occurred in April, the company didn't get around to formally announcing it until late May, in conjunction with the EBACE bizjet exposition in Geneva. The company took the opportunity to release an update on the Premier I program, stats for which include delivery of 31 copies to international customers, more than 23,000 accumulated flight hours, RVSM certification, three new speed records and more than 230 pilots typed by FlightSafety More...

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...WHILE OVERRUNS CONTINUE
But a cloud of sorts looms over Raytheon's horizon in the form of a series of runway overruns involving the Premier I. In the most recent U.S. occurrence, on May 27, a Premier I operated under FAR Part 91 ran off Runway 7 at the North Las Vegas (Nev.) Airport after a wind shift was recorded during the flight's approach and landing. According to the NTSB, the aircraft was substantially damaged when it collided with a fence. Another overrun accident occurred April 7 at Blackbushe Airfield in the United Kingdom when a solo pilot was positioning a privately owned example of the type. The pilot suffered minor injuries, but the airplane was reported destroyed. More...

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SAFIRE SUSPENDS OPERATIONS
Even though Cessna and Raytheon are celebrating, all is not well in bizav land. Miami, Fla.-based Safire Aircraft Company announced on June 10 that it had "temporarily suspended most operations while it secures additional funding." In a prepared statement, the company said it is "actively pursuing a very promising financing opportunity" but that, although it "had expected to have new funding fully in place by the end of May 2004," Safire "encountered some unforeseen setbacks that have caused us to shift our negotiations and slightly delay the closing." Those statements were attributed to company President and CEO Camilo Salomon. More...

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TSA WATCH: TWELVE-FIVE RULE TWEAKED
At long last, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has acted to clarify the way in which it applies the so-called "Twelve-Five" standard security program for aircraft weighing 12,500 pounds or more to aircraft weighing exactly 12,500 pounds: It won't. Since enactment of the Aviation and Transportation Security Act in late 2001, non-scheduled commercial operators of this class of aircraft have been subject to a statute directing the then-new agency to develop security programs for them. The statute was worded to include aircraft such as the Beech King Air 200, which has a maximum gross takeoff weight of exactly 12,500 pounds. In essence, someone helping to write the statute looked up the FAA's definition of a "small" aircraft and fudged it. More...

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DRVSM UPDATE
Jan. 20, 2005, is not that far away, only a few months. It will start like pretty much any other day, but by midnight of that Thursday, much of what business aviation operators in the U.S. have come to know may have been turned on its head. No, this has nothing to do with one event planned in Washington, D.C., that day -- the inauguration -- but could be the subject of other events elsewhere in that town. You see, Jan. 20, 2005, in addition to being Inauguration Day, is the date selected by the FAA a few years back on which it plans to implement reduced vertical separation minimums in domestic airspace; DRVSM, it's called. On that date, at 0901 UTC to be exact, any aircraft operating between Flight Levels 290 and 410 in U.S. airspace must be RVSM-compliant. RVSM was first implemented in North Atlantic Airspace in 1997, and is now all the rage over other major areas like Europe. Putting the "D" in DRVSM will, according to the FAA, "provide user and provider benefits in domestic U.S. operations that have been enjoyed since 1997" outside the U.S. More...

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GULFSTREAM'S PRICE CUTS
Ah, the large print giveth and the small print taketh away. Imagine our excitement when we spied Gulfstream's latest press release, which announced a series of price reductions. Could AVweb finally afford one of the Savannah, Ga.-based company's uber-jets? But it was not to be: The price reductions -- up to 48 percent -- only apply to Gulfstream parts, not the entire airplane. Shucks. "Over the past few months, we've been cutting our prices on many of our most popular consumable parts, some by nearly half," said Larry Flynn, president, product support, Gulfstream. More...

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