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Cessna signs up with China, again

Article | Mar 27, 2012

On the heels of March 23 agreements to prepare China to build Cessna airplanes, the company followed up with yet another agreement. This one appoints Beijing's DINGSHA GA Tech Service Center as a Cessna Citation authorized service facility. According to a press release, the new facility will provide maintenance for North Asian operators of airplanes in the Citation XLS+ family, the Citation Sovereign, and the Citation X.

Cessna seeks Chinese joint venture

Article | Mar 26, 2012

Cessna Aircraft Co. and Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) said they have signed two documents that will lead to the manufacture and certification of Cessna aircraft in the People's Republic of China.

AOPA Aviation Roundtable group descends on SimCom

Article | Mar 22, 2012

For some, it was a chance to visit an airplane from the past. For others, a chance to experience a whole new category of flying. For all, a chance to meet other pilots from across the country and share flying stories. Typical of AOPA Aviation Roundtable experiences, the strangers in the room became instant friends once aviation pleasantries were exchanged.

Citation M2 makes first flight

Article | Mar 12, 2012

The Cessna Citation M2 prototype made its maiden flight March 9, and Cessna parent Textron hopes the new jet - essentially a Citation CJ1+ with an updated interior and Garmin avionics - will log its first sales in 2013.

Showdown

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2012

Until the HondaJet, Cessna's new Citation M2, the Cirrus Vision SF50, the Diamond D-JET, or the new Eclipse 550 enter the light-jet arena, there will be just two serious competitors in the market for new light jets under $4 million: Cessna's Citation Mustang and Embraer's Phenom 100.

Air Force halts controversial contract

Article | Feb 28, 2012

The Air Force announced on Feb. 28 an abrupt about-face following a well-publicized dogfight over a contract to build light air support aircraft for Afghanistan. Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley, in a short statement that caught many by surprise, said the decision to award the contract to Brazilian manufacturer Embraer, by way of Sierra Nevada Corp., will be "set aside" pending an internal Air Force investigation.

While shipments down, GA officials confident industry ready for rebound

Article | Feb 22, 2012

In announcing another year of declining aircraft shipments in 2011, general aviation manufacturing officials Feb. 22 made it clear that the industry's stagnant performance won't turn around without supportive policies from the federal government.

Flying into the Big Game

Article | Feb 09, 2012

"Welcome to Indy. You're the first piston we've seen all weekend," the van driver said as he drove two pilots across the ramp to Million Air's welcome hangar, complete with a red carpet and enclosed canopy for Super Bowl weekend.

Hawker Beechcraft protests trainer contract

Article | Feb 08, 2012

After Embraer's A-29 Super Tucano won a bidding contest worth $355 million over Hawker Beechcraft's AT-6, HBC was stunned. The company launched an all-out effort to review and reverse the decision, but Sierra Nevada Corp., which partnered with Embraer for the Super Tucano bid, says the Air Force got it right.

Cessna shows positive revenue in fourth quarter

Article | Jan 25, 2012

Cessna finally turned a long-awaited corner in the current economic recession, but has firmly identified itself as a small- and medium-sized jet manufacturer for the future. Piston-engine aircraft not only survived in the fourth quarter of 2011, but helped lead the way to higher revenues.

Citation Ten makes first flight

Article | Jan 18, 2012

Cessna Aircraft Co. said that its new Citation Ten made its first flight, just two years after being announced at the 2010 National Business Aviation Association convention.

Black Diamond Jet Team set to sparkle

Article | Jan 12, 2012

Around the time that major league pitchers and catchers report to spring training camps in Florida, the jet team billed as "America's premier civilian squadron" will start practicing for shows that will feature a new twist: the addition of a seventh aircraft in the role of a dynamic solo.

Learjet 85 plant to expand, add jobs

Article | Jan 10, 2012

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Steve Ridolfi, president of Bombardier Business Aircraft, jointly announced plans to expand the company's Learjet 85 production facility in Wichita, with the promise of 450 jobs being added over the next seven to 10 years.

Analysts: Hawker Beechcraft faces uphill fight over AT-6

Article | Jan 04, 2012

A federal judge could rule as early as next week on a bid by Hawker Beechcraft to halt a U.S. Air Force light attack and reconnaissance contract recently awarded to Brazilian manufacturer Embraer.

Waypoints

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2012

The three of us on board the Beechcraft A36 Bonanza lapsed into a comfortable quiet as we watched the Mid-Atlantic states scroll by on the life-sized moving map out the window. Connecticut turned into New York and then New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and finally Maryland as we slipped into the pattern at Frederick Municipal on that fall Sunday morning for an arrival home after nearly a week at AOPA Aviation Summit in Hartford. With two of the six seats removed, we had gear stacked nearly floor to ceiling in every nook and cranny. Even then, the old Bonanza, a product of the Nixon era, sprinted upward at 1,000 feet per minute right after takeoff, still more than 100 pounds short of its maximum gross weight. With our full load of fuel, we could have continued on to Chicago, Louisville, Atlanta, or Charlotte.

Make it an easy transition

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2011

No company has built more business jets than Cessna. And while the market has been hard on all used business jets these past couple of years, the Citations have held up as well as any. With the used market beginning to firm up a bit, the time is right to consider a business jet before the best of the lot are gone. The lighter end of the Cessna CJ line - CJs, CJ1s, and CJ2s - can provide great value and, with their respectable flying habits, make for an easy transition to those new to turbines. Light jet expert Cyrus Sigari explores just how versatile the CJ fleet is in "The Deal on CJs,".

Safety Pilot Landmark Accidents: Owatonna overshoot

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2011

Runway excursions -- something other than a planned departure from the pavement during takeoff or landing -- are now a focus of safety officials. It seems there has been an increase in the number of accidents and incidents, especially in jet aircraft. Unfortunately, in light aircraft, we’ve been departing runways inappropriately, and with great regularity, all along. While many of these accidents result in little more than damaged egos and hardware, they have the potential to be deadly. Such was the case of a Raytheon Hawker HS125-800 business jet on a Part 135 charter to Owatonna, Minnesota.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2011

'Plane Jane' makes last flight; Flight Design readies first certified design; Eclipse jets can cruise at 41,000 feet again; Test Pilot - general aviation trivia quiz; Rebirth at Big Reed Pond in Maine; Airshow performer Greg Poe dies of heart attack; Tom Poberezny retires as EAA president; GA industry news icon Dave Sclair passes;

Courting a jet rating

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2011

The red master warning light gives us the bad news 38,000 feet over Bimini.The pressurization system in our Cessna CE-525 CitationJet has failed on a night flight to Miami, and it's time to hustle down to an altitude where we can remain conscious without supplemental oxygen.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2011

‘Gucci Girls’ fly Air Force tanker It took lots of arranging, since there is only one female Boeing KC–10 flight engineer in the U.S. Air Force, but for one mission an all-female crew operated an aerial refueling tanker above the Middle East.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2011

Aviation group leaders unite, explore troubling issues What affects one segment of the aviation industry ultimately affects everyone involved in aviation, be they business jet owners, helicopter pilots, or airport operators, said leaders of the industry associations in a recent roundtable discussion. “We are, in fact, all part of the general aviation community, and anything that affects one segment affects us all,” said Ed Bolen, president and CEO of the National Business Aviation Association.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2011

The elephant at AirVenture The elephant in the room at this year’s EAA AirVenture is a 246-foot-long Zeppelin, the Farmers Airship, that will be offering $400 rides for 45 minutes above the Oshkosh show and surrounding areas. The airship is operated by Airship Ventures, based at Moffett Field in California, and gives rides along the West Coast from Long Beach to Seattle.

Trial by type rating

Article | Jul 01, 2011

Brazilian manufacturer Embraer, traditionally known as a builder of 50- to 100-seat airliners, began a new strategy in 2005. That’s when the company decided to enter the business jet market.