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MUSTANG READIES FOR THE RODEO
Cessna hit another milestone last week in the development of its
newest entry-level business jet, the Citation
Mustang. The Wichita, Kan.-based company completed a successful
first run of the Mustang's Pratt & Whitney Canada PW615F engines,
which is another step leading toward a hoped-for first flight this
summer. Cessna is more than ready for things to happen. It has 230
firm, non-refundable orders for the $2.4 million, 340-knot,
41,000-foot jet. More...
MORE SERVICE CENTER MAKES ONE-HALF (DOZEN)
West Star Aviation in Grand Junction, Colo., has been named the latest
-- and only the sixth non-factory-owned -- Authorized Citation Service
Center. West Star has the factory's blessing to perform warranty work
and scheduled and unscheduled maintenance on all Citation model 500
aircraft. West Star Aviation was purchased by Premier Air Center in
December 2004. Premier is also an authorized service center at the St.
Louis Regional Airport in East Alton, Ill. More...
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SWEARINGEN TAKES FLIGHT ... AGAIN
Sino Swearingen Aircraft Corp.'s (SSAC's) new SJ30-2
twinjet has overcome yet another of the FAA's testing
hurdles. The aircraft is one step closer to FAA certification
after the first flight of the third and final conformed flight-test
aircraft. Afterward, SJ30-2 serial number 0005 joined S/N 0004 and
0003 in the company history. SSAC sources say the aircraft are flying
aggressively as often as seven days per week. One of the planes is
being used for systems testing, one for aerodynamics and performance,
the third for function and reliability. Some days all three airplanes
are in the sky together. More...
AIRCRAFT GOES NORTH BY NORTHWEST
An expansion being discussed for months is now final. Adam Aircraft,
headquartered at Centennial Airport outside Denver, Colo., is putting
their A500 and A700 manufacturing facility at the Kemp Ogden (Utah)
Gateway Center. "We believe Utah will be an excellent location for
adding to our existing capacity in Colorado. The quality of the
workforce in Utah, the capabilities of the airport facility, and the
superior design of the Kemp development were key motivators in our
decision process," said Adam CEO Rick Adam. That Utah offered up to
30-percent rebates on income, employee and sales taxes -- possibly
worth $10 million -- was no small motivator, either.
LANCAIR COLUMBIA 400 NOW CERTIFIED TO
The Columbia 400's twin turbochargers can now be put
to full effect with the aircraft's recent certification to 25,000
feet. With the added altitude to play with, the Columbia 400
gives pilots even more flexibility than before. Set the throttle to
80% power and cruise at 235 knots that's faster than any other
piston-powered aircraft in production today. Or ease the power back
and increase range to standard-setting levels. A company official
recently flew an unmodified Columbia 400 non-stop from Bend, Oregon to
Fort Worth, Texas (a distance of more than 1,300 nm) while averaging
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AEROSPACE OFFERS SCI-FI TECHNOLOGY TODAY
101 Gulfstream bizjets have been retrofitted with technology once in
the realm of fiction writers. Several of Gulfstream's models can now
be purchased with an Enhanced Vision System (EVS) that allows the pilot
to "see" down to an altitude of just 100 feet above a runway's
touchdown zone. The FAA-certified equipment includes a forward-looking
infrared (FLIR) camera that projects an infrared real-world image onto
the pilot's Honeywell Head-Up Display. A cryogenically cooled detector
(James T. Kirk, eat your heart out) helps identify runway lights
during an approach. More...
YOUR TICKET TO RIDE
CitationShares says it is taking a leap in going
where no fractional aircraft business has gone before. The company,
co-owned by Cessna Aircraft and TAG Aviation, is offering private jet
accessibility in the form of a 20-hour jet card instead of the
industry-standard 25. What that means is that customers can purchase
just 20 hours of flight time at a beginning price of $75,995 (roughly
$3,800 per hour) with no other costs. No fuel surcharges, positioning,
international or landing fees will apply. CitationShares will accept
payment by credit card. More...
LOOKS TO THE FUTURE, AND THE FUTURE IS BIZ
The next frontier ... the brave, new land for bizjet makers could soon
be opening up in a big way. Business jet manufacturers are readying
for China's first international business aviation conference in
August, wanting to get in on the ground floor of a predicted aviation
boom. There are fewer than 500 commercial aircraft licensed in China,
but industry experts believe the as-yet vastly untapped market could
be worth many billions of dollars. Gulfstream, Raytheon and Bombardier
are just three of the U.S. companies boning up on their Chinese for a
trip over the pond. More...
ACCIDENTS DECLINE IN '04
If flying in 2004 "felt" safer to you, there was a reason, according
to the National Transportation Safety Board. Just-released NTSB
figures show that fewer accidents in air taxi, general aviation
and scheduled airliner categories helped lower the number of
fatalities, which fell from 695 in 2003 to 635 in 2004. Overall good
news, yes, but the majority of the fatalities still occurred in
general aviation and air taxi operations. More...
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Palwaukee Municipal Airport, the region's premier
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business possibilities to complement the airport's predicted growth,
including aircraft charter, maintenance, flight training, aircraft
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DIG DEEPER INTO CHALLENGER CRASH ...
On Feb. 2 of this year, a Bombardier Challenger CL-600 ran off Runway
6 while attempting to take off from the Teterboro, N.J., airport. The
ensuing crash involved a fence, two cars, a warehouse and a fire ...
but though four people were seriously hurt, no one, amazingly, was
killed. Speculation immediately afterward focused on what role icing
might have played in the plane's inability to become airborne.
According to the National Transportation Safety Board, it appears the
answer is none. More...
TETERBORO WRECKAGE TELLS A CG STORY
After weighing aircraft wreckage and contents, the NTSB has determined
the Challenger's center of gravity was well forward of the allowable
limit. The NTSB took into account the interior cabin configuration
combined with full or nearly full fuel tanks, a full or nearly full
passenger load and minimal passenger baggage. The horizontal
stabilizer was set to a normal position. However, after plugging all
of the data into a simulator, the aircraft would not rotate at the
defined rotation speeds. More...
TIME TO FLY AND BUY
Recovery Systems Inc. President Larry E. Williams sees a bright
future ahead for his company, and he is encouraging investors to share
the vision. Williams told stockholders at a meeting Monday that BRS is
profitable now, but not nearly as profitable as it is going to be.
Williams predicts that the airplane parachute company will double in
value every five years. "Overall the outlook is very bright," he told
stockholders. That's certainly so if his prediction stands.
NETJETS CEMENT THE RELATIONSHIP
In a deal worth multiple millions (neither side is saying just how
many yet), Wichita, Kan.-based Raytheon Aircraft Company and NetJets
have reached a tentative agreement on the sale of a number of Hawker
Horizon bizjets. NetJets plans to purchase 50 of the $18.45 million
jets for its ever-expanding fractional fleet. $18.45 million is the
list price for the jets, but it is safe to bet that NetJets will get a
rather sizeable bulk-rate discount for its purchase. The agreement
also includes a 10-year maintenance program and should be finalized in
30 days. More...
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AND AIR FRANCE ROMANCE, ANOTHER SUITOR LURKS
A distinctly American product appears to be making additional inroads
in Europe. Boeing's new 777 freighter is being mentioned as the heir
apparent to the Boeing 747-200s currently in use by Air France. The
777 freighter is the load-hauling version -- 222,000 pounds up to
6,500 miles -- of the long-range 777-200LR (long range) passenger jet,
which is scheduled to enter service in early 2006. The freighter would
be ready to fly about two years later. But it is said that timing is
everything, and the timing in this multinational couple's relationship
may be off. More...
THE FRIENDLY SKIES OF DUBAI
Boeing, meanwhile, has found a presence in the skies over the Gulf
state of Dubai. Emirates Airline has begun taking delivery of 30 new
Boeing 777-3000ERs (extended range) aircraft, part of a $30 billion
fleet expansion. Emirates has also ordered 45 Airbus A380 super
jumbos, so from now through 2012 the airline will be receiving, on
average, one new aircraft per month. The keys to the newest Boeing
product were handed over at a ceremony in Seattle, Wash., last week,
and 14 hours after takeoff, the jet was in its new home in the Middle
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