June 16, 2009
By Thomas A. Horne
Cessna Aircraft Company announced two big fleet sales this week. In the first deal, 30 Grand Caravan single-engine turboprops were sold to Indonesia’s Susi Air. Susi Air, which began operations in 2006, already operates 10 Grand Caravans. The airplanes are used for charter, cargo, and humanitarian purposes. Eight of the 30 new Grand Caravans will be delivered in 2009; the remainder will ship by the end of 2011.
Another deal will provide Turkey’s Ministry of National Defense with 46 new Cessna 182 Turbo Skylanes. These will replace the existing 30-year-old fleet of Cessna Skyhawks and serve with the Turkish Land Forces. The new Cessna 182s will have Garmin G1000 avionics with synthetic vision and Amsafe’s shoulder-harness airbags.
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne has worked at AOPA since the early 1980s. He began flying in 1975 and has an airline transport pilot and flight instructor certificates. He’s flown everything from ultralights to Gulfstreams and ferried numerous piston airplanes across the Atlantic.
A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2.
AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the ongoing legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.
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