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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 Cessnas 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.
a great day for Cessna," said Jack J. Pelton, Cessnas president
and CEO, in a press release. "We have been working with the FAA on the
Sovereigns 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 Sovereigns 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...
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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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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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
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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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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.
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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on June 30. More...
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