March 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.
Another statement issued at the Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (ABACE) in Shanghai came from Cessna Vice President of Sales for Asia and Asia Pacific Bill Harris, who said, “Overall demand for light and mid-size business jets in Asia is undoubtedly increasing, and we are finding customers eager for deliveries ‘now’ rather than later. We are seeing particularly high interest from customers who, for example, already own or operate a mid-size Citation such as the Citation XLS+ and are planning for future purchases. The Citation Latitude represents a logical next step to a new, more advanced Citation.”
Meanwhile, Cessna’s Mike Shih, vice president of Strategy and Business Development, said, “We foresee China being one of the top 10 countries for business jet ownership globally by 2025, aided enormously by the ongoing liberalization of the country’s airspace. … We at Cessna are equally eager to play our part in helping develop Chinese business aviation from infancy to maturity as quickly as possible.”
A state-of-the art medical facility on remote Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay serves as a lasting memorial to the late Dr. David B. Nichols’ dedication to providing medical care to the community for 30 years. Now, Nichols’ aviation legacy—flying a Cessna 182 or Robinson R44 to the island every Thursday to provide that care—is set in stone.
Daher-Socata announced that it had installed the first Garmin G600 and GTN 750 avionics in one of its 2004 TBM 700C2 airplanes.
The AOPA Medical Advisory Board is the latest group to urge quick action on the proposed FAA rule that would allow thousands more pilots to fly without the need for a third class medical certificate.
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