New Alpine Edition from Cessna offers avionics upgrades for Citation CJ2+, Proposed Policy Changes Will Delay, Thwart Business Aviation Recovery + MORE Mar 26th

Cessna launches Alpine Edition CJ2+

Cessna Aircraft Company revealed an upgrade program for the business’s successful Citation CJ2+ business jet. The brand-new Alpine Edition CJ2+ adjustment package from Cessna consists of the setup of a GarminG3000 avionics suite– making the jet compliant with Next Generation (NextGen) requirements. In addition to the avionics update, the Alpine Edition CJ2+ has new pressurization and environmental systems, the latest diagnostics systems, and a redesigned cockpit.

Matt Wild, Cessna Alpine Edition program supervisor, states: “The Alpine Edition CJ2+ is just one, even more, example of Cessna‘s continued financial investment in its products and services. With very positive client feedback to Garmin G3000 avionics and its touch control interface, we established this program focused on putting the G3000 in addition to other system updates on an existing CJ2+ airplane. The engineering flight test program is in progress, with certification anticipated this summertime and distribution to begin soon after.”.

In addition to the Garmin G3000 avionics suite, the Alpine Edition consists of higher access to the cockpit with the removal of seven inches from the tradition pedestal, enhanced turbulence spotting weather condition radar, TCAS II, advanced Terrain Awareness Warning Systems (TAWS), a wireless media server, Garmin built-lined cockpit and cabin Iridium phone, and high speed Internet capabilities from Aircell. The Alpine Edition CJ2+ plan includes the installation of automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) abilities, bringing the aircraft in compliance with this facet of NextGen air traffic control requirements. Alpine Edition will also provide special exterior paint schemes and interior packages as optional upgrades.

Cessna supports clients with the world’s biggest, most easily accessible service network and offers choices and solutions that meet customer requirements varying from setting up upkeep to a complete modification plan. Cessna is providing the Alpine Edition modification at the business’s U.S. Citation Service Centers. The Alpine Edition for the CJ2+ is an example of Cessna identifying a consumer requirement and responding with a cost-effective path towards sustainable value and long term success for its clients.

New Alpine Edition from Cessna offers avionics upgrades for Citation CJ2+

Proposed Policy Changes Will Delay, Thwart Business Aviation Recovery

What happens in Washington can have a tremendous impact on the vitality of an industry. Business aviation is no exception, and the Obama administration obviously still hasn’t gotten the memo that the sector has a long way to go to fully recover from the devastating recession of 2008-2009.

Embedded in the fiscal year 2015 budget proposal is a plan to impose a $100-per-flight user fee. Just two weeks ago, bipartisan leaders of the House Aviation Subcommittee and the House General Aviation Caucus asked the President not to include the proposal in this year’s budget. To add insult to injury, the administration also singled out general aviation (GA) in proposing an increase in the depreciation period for general aviation aircraft—not exactly an incentive for encouraging would-be buyers of business aircraft wanting to improve productivity to acquire such capital equipment.

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NBAA Update

NBAA Sets Washington Newspaper Straight on Business Aviation

In an op-ed piece published last week by the Washington Examiner, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen corrected a mischaracterization the newspaper put forward in labeling long-standing policies on the purchase of business aircraft as a “loophole.” “Some in Washington are trying to score political points by characterizing business aviation as a convenience, or even a luxury, rather than a necessary tool for competitiveness,” Bolen wrote, adding that in fact, “for businesses, an aircraft is as much of a necessity as a computer.

NBAA to Participate in Texas General Aviation Jobs Rally

The importance of general aviation, including business aviation, to Texas and the national economy, will be the focus of a rally at Dallas Love Field airport on Friday, March 28, and NBAA‘s Dick Doubrava, vice president, government relations, is looking forward to being there to help support the advocacy effort. “We’ll be down there as part of the general aviation family, and on behalf of the strong business aviation presence in Texas,” said Doubrava, adding that NBAA has many members at Love Field.

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GAMA To Hold Genav Rally at Dallas Love Field on March 28

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) will hold a general aviation rally on March 28 at Bombardier’s Dallas Service Center at Dallas Love Field. U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R) and House Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D), Sam Johnson (R), Pete Sessions (R) and Marc Veasey (D) will be the featured speakers. Representatives from Airbus Helicopters, Aviall, Bell Helicopter, Bombardier, Dallas Airmotive, Gulfstream and Jet Aviation will also speak at the event, which is expected to be attended by hundreds of people from local aviation manufacturing companies, businesses that use general aviation and members of the military.

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Business Flying Lights Up General Aviation Firmament

While the FAA acknowledged that “economic uncertainties” still affect the business jet market, the rate of decline slowed last year and the agency expects a recovery in the near term. In its annual 20-year aerospace forecast, released last Thursday, the FAA is calling for “robust growth” in the long term, driven by higher corporate profits and the growth of worldwide GDP, although at rates slightly lower than those predicted last year.

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