Volume 3, Number 11 June 29, 2005

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FAA CERTIFIES CESSNA’S LATEST CITATION
The FAA earlier this month awarded Cessna the type certification paperwork necessary for the company to keep its Model 525 Citation CJ1+ on schedule for first customer deliveries during the last quarter of 2005, according to the company. The new type's certification -- actually a growth version of the CJ1 -- was earned after slightly more than 200 flights and 400 flight hours, spanning just eleven months. When compared with the model it replaces, the "Plus" offers better performance, a new integrated avionics suite and more cabin amenities along with an expanded standard equipment list. For example, and thanks to its Williams’ FJ44-1AP dual-channel FADEC-controlled engines, the CJ1+ is more than 20 knots faster than the earlier CJ1 at FL410. Another example is in the CJ1+'s maximum gross takeoff weight, which saw a 100-pound increase. “Receiving certification on the CJ1+ is a culmination of a very important partnership between our customers and our employees,” said Jack J. Pelton, Cessna’s chairman, president and CEO. More...

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GULFSTREAM G150 COMPLETES COMPANY TESTS
Gulfstream Aerospace said earlier this month it has completed all internal flight-testing of its newest offering, the Gulfstream G150 business jet, and will now move on to certification tests. Gulfstream, which is partnered with Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) on the Tel Aviv-manufactured bizjet, will conduct the tests under Civil Aviation Administration of Israel auspices. The G150 is a wide-cabin enhancement -- the G150’s cabin height is just five inches shorter than the company's G350, G450, G500 and G550 models -- of the Gulfstream G100, itself a slightly revamped version of the Astra SPX. In January, the first G150 rolled out of IAI's factory and completed its first flight four moths later. According to Gulfstream, the G150 is on schedule for type certification in the first quarter of next year. The company expects FAA certification to follow shortly, with customer deliveries and service entry during 2006's third calendar quarter. Manufacturing plans call for "green" G150 aircraft to be completed at Gulfstream’s Dallas, Texas, facility. More...

IS THERE A HONDA IN YOUR FUTURE?
Few would dispute that Japan-based Honda makes a wide range of popular products, including cars, motorcycles, generators and even lawn mowers. So, you may ask, what's stopping them from bringing to market the still-under-development HondaJet? Apparently, the company is willing to quietly continue its flight testing in Greensboro, N.C., and wait for both the light-jet market and the airplane to stabilize. But, signs are becoming apparent that Honda thinks it's making progress in these areas -- the company recently said it will bring the experimental HondaJet to this year's EAA AirVenture on Thursday, July 28, 2005. “Aviation has long been a dream for Honda, and the HondaJet is the embodiment of that dream,” said Michimasa Fujino, HondaJet project leader and vice president of Honda R&D Americas Inc. “We chose EAA AirVenture for the HondaJet’s world debut in the pure spirit of our passion for aviation, and to share our new technology with the aviation community from a research and development standpoint.” More...

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TRANSPORT CANADA APPROVES BOMBARDIER EVS
Canada-based Bombardier said earlier this month that Transport Canada awarded the company "provisional approval" for the Bombardier Enhanced Vision System (BEVS) on March 31. The action "paves the way" for FAA and European Aviation Safety Association (EASA) certification, according to the company. Bombardier expects full certification of the system -- which is designed to enhance a pilot's vision at night and in reduced visibility -- by July. Bombardier added that EASA also completed its testing in March and the company anticipates approval by the third quarter of 2005. Bombardier's system is based on the Thales Enhanced Vision Flight System (EFVS) and is designed to take advantage of FAR 91.175, which addresses EFVS operations and allows 100-foot landing minima. More...

AIRBUS SELLS A340-600 BIZJET
What do you get for the business-jet owner who has everything? The world's longest airliner, completed in a VIP configuration, of course. So it is for Jeddah-based National Air Services, a private non-governmental business group in Saudi Arabia, which Airbus this month said had acquired an Airbus A340-600. Delivery of the “green” jet is planned for end-2006; the completion center has not yet been named. The ultra-long-range A340-600 is presently the world's longest airliner -- presumably until the A380 goes into operation -- and is widely used on intercontinental routes by carriers in Europe, Asia and North America. More...

LANCAIR COLUMBIA 400 — NOW CERTIFIED TO FL250
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 200 kts. Find out what a Columbia 400 can do for you at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/lancair/biz.

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CESSNA, PWC OFFER POWER-BY-THE-HOUR PROGRAM FOR CITATIONS
Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC) and Cessna this month announced an agreement to offer the engine manufacturer's PowerAdvantage Plus (PA+) program, an expanded by-the-hour maintenance program, for Cessna Citation operators. The joint program is designed to provide Cessna Citation operators a cost-effective way to cover and insure against the cost of parts, rental engines and engine shop labor, plus certain consumables, in operating their aircraft, and includes PWC's engine condition trend monitoring. Aircraft models covered under the program include the Citation Bravo, Encore, Sovereign and Mustang, powered respectively by P&WC’s PW530A, PW535A, PW306C and PW615F engine models. More...

BOMBARDIER FLEXJET EARNS SEVENTH DIAMOND AWARD
Bombardier Flexjet, the fractional ownership program of Bombardier Aerospace, last week said it had earned the FAA's Diamond Award -- the agency's highest award for excellence in aviation maintenance training -- for the seventh consecutive year. The FAA awards program was established to encourage and recognize the highest standards of maintenance training. "We are delighted that Flexjet's leadership in maintenance training continues to be singled out by the FAA as outstanding, for the seventh year in a row," said Michael McQuay, president of Bombardier Aircraft Services. More...

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MORE MAINTENANCE: RAYTHEON GETS FIRST NETJETS AWARD
Fractional operator NetJets recently recognized Raytheon Aircraft Company's Little Rock, Ark., facility for outstanding performance, Raytheon said last week. The facility, which performs scheduled maintenance on NetJets' fleet of Hawker 400XP, Hawker 800XP and Hawker 1000 aircraft, consistently achieved top-level results from NetJets management and operations teams, according to the company. The NetJets award was created "to recognize its partners and suppliers for their role in supporting" NetJets' fleet. It is based on performance, quality, reliability and meeting customer needs, according to Raytheon. More...

ATTENTION, BARON AND CESSNA 310 OWNERS — NEWS FROM McCAULEY!
A new STC has been approved to McCauley Propeller Systems for installation of a new three-bladed propeller.  Replace your old threaded propellers with the new Blackmac propeller.  The Blackmac provides operators with an average weight savings of 10 pounds, longer TBOs, and fewer ADs than other propellers available today.  The Blackmac also comes with a standard three-year warranty.  For more information and an authorized service center near you, go to http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/mccauley/biz.

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BOMBARDIER SELLS FIRST CHALLENGER 850 CORPORATE SHUTTLE
Bombardier this month confirmed the first sale from its recently announced corporate shuttle program, a Challenger 850 corporate shuttle, to a customer in Eastern Europe. As designed, the new aircraft will move the company's employees between operation sites within Europe. "The Challenger corporate shuttle family has been generating serious market interest and we are particularly pleased to announce this first sale so soon following its launch just three weeks ago," said Peter Edwards, president of Bombardier Business Aircraft. More...

LAKE AIRCRAFT IS LOOKING FOR A NEW OWNER DURING AIRVENTURE!
The Lake Aircraft series is the only FAA-certified single-engine amphibious airplane being produced in the world today.  The complete line of Lake Aircraft inventory and tooling — with FAA Type Certificate, STCs, engineering data, documentation, historical information, fleet support inventory, and manufacturing capacity — will be sold at auction during AirVenture 2005.  The auction will be held at 4:30pm July 27 at the EAA Aviation Center's Vette Theater in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  The inventory (in its entirety) will be sold as a comprehensive package to one able buyer for the purpose of resuming full production capacity. For additional information and a complete list of assets to be conveyed, call Higgenbotham Auctioneers at (800) 257-4161, or visit their web site (Higgenbotham.com) at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/hig/biz.

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