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Cessna’s Mustang, Bombardier’s 605 hit milestonesCessna’s Mustang, Bombardier’s 605 hit milestones

Are we easing out of the recession? Hope so. Here’s some more ammunition for the positive thinkers: Cessna has delivered its 300th Mustang—to a retail customer in Australia; and Bombardier has delivered its 100th Challenger 605. Coming on the heels of Pilatus’ recent announcement of a record 100 PC-12 NG deliveries in 2009, there is evidence that the core market for these airplanes remains healthy.

The $3 million Mustang was announced in 2002 and made its first flight in 2005, and first deliveries began in April 2007. “Demand for this entry-level business jet has remained fairly resilient during the past year,” said Jack J. Pelton, chairman, president, and CEO of Cessna. The Mustang has a max cruise speed of 340 knots, and a max range of 1,200 nm.

The Challenger 605 is at the other end of the business jet continuum. It’s a Mach 0.82 airplane that can fly as far as 3,100 nm and carry as many as nine passengers. Powered by General Electric CF34-3B turbofan engines, the 605 has a 1,350-lb payload with full fuel, and is priced at $27 million. That price includes a four-screen Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite, complete with dual autopilots, autothrottles, TCAS II, TAWS, and much more.

Thomas A. Horne

Thomas A. Horne

AOPA Pilot Editor at Large
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.

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