Cessna Anticipates Strong European Demand, Proposed Ban On In-Flight Calls Not to Apply to Bizav Apr 13th

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Cessna Anticipates Strong European Demand For New Aircraft

Cessna Looks For EASA Certification Of Several New Models This Year

In anticipation EASA certification of a variety of new models and strong European demand in the near future, Cessna Aircraft Company is displaying the Cessna Citation M2 business jet, Cessna Grand Caravan EX utility turboprop and Cessna TTx high-performance single-engine aircraft at the AERO Friedrichshafen trade show in Germany this week.

“We have several exciting products launching in Europe this year – we expect the Citation M2 (pictured), Cessna Grand Caravan EX and Cessna TTx to all achieve European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) type certification in 2014,” said Tom Perry, vice president of sales, Europe. “Each aircraft brings distinctive capabilities to the European market and we anticipate they will be extremely popular with our customers.”

Cessna Aircraft Company is displaying the Cessna Citation M2 business jet in Germany

The Citation M2 has a maximum cruise speed of 400 knots true airspeed and a range of 1,300 nautical miles. The aircraft can operate at airports with runways as short as 3,250 feet and will climb to 41,000 feet in 24 minutes. “There is already significant interest in the Citation M2 from our European customers,” Perry said. “Customer feedback has indicated a strong demand in Europe for a Citation with the size, speed and range of the Citation M2.”

The Cessna TTx is the world’s fastest certified single-engine fixed-gear aircraft. The TTx is a high-performance composite airplane designed for advanced pilots, with progressive technology and luxury interiors. The TTx is the first aircraft to be equipped with the Garmin G2000 avionics system, featuring a glass cockpit with dual 14.1-inch high-definition displays and touch screen controls.

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In response to a DOT advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM), NBAA said a proposed ban on in-flight voice communications through passenger mobile wireless devices would strip business aviation users of a key advantage when traveling onboard private, secure aircraft.

“There are considerable benefits to allowing customers the freedom to make an in-flight voice call if they deem it necessary and are willing to pay any applicable service fees,” NBAA noted in comments submitted on March 26. “This is particularly the case for charter passengers who might be expected to have business or individual needs for staying in contact.”

Terming the use of cellular phones in passenger cabins a potential “unfair practice to consumers,” DOT issued the ANPRM in direct response to pending legislation that, if enacted, would significantly revise earlier Federal Communications Commission policies to allow passengers onboard commercial airliners to make or receive calls while in flight.

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