Cessna Mustangs Still In Starting Gate


Cessna says it hopes to resume deliveries of its Mustang entry-level jet soon after the schedule was stalled by a software glitch in the airplane’s Garmin G1000 avionics suite. Cessna spokeswoman Pia Bergqvist told The Wichita Eagle the problem was discovered shortly after the first delivery of a Mustang (a company demo plane) last November and there havent been any customer deliveries. “It’s just a minor software glitch that they had to correct,” Bergqvist said. “It’s already been fixed,” she noted. Bergqvist did not specify the nature of the problem. While the glitch stalled deliveries, it didnt halt production. Were pumping out airplanes like theres no tomorrow, she said, adding that the company still expects to deliver the 40 Mustangs it has scheduled for 2007. Meanwhile, the first class of future Mustang pilots has begun the 10-day type-rating course at FlightSafety International in Wichita.