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Cessna Citation Latitude awarded FAA certification, Europe Business Aviation, Falcon 5X Avionics

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

Cessna Citation Latitude awarded FAA certification

Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. company, announced that the Citation Latitude business jet has achieved type certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Deliveries are scheduled to begin in the third quarter of this year. The new Citation Latitude represents the perfect balance of comfort and efficiency and is the first business jet to combine a roomy, flat floor, stand-up cabin, with a mid-size price and best-in-class operating costs.

Cessna Citation Latitude awarded FAA certification

“From inception, we looked at every aspect of how we design, build and deliver new products to the market with the goal to further improve upon the key attributes that make the Citation so highly esteemed,” said Scott Ernest, president, and CEO of Textron Aviation. “Throughout the certification program, the Latitude demonstrated breakthrough results, which are evident in the aircraft’s performance and value proposition. And now, customers can experience firsthand how the Latitude can reduce operating costs, while increasing productivity and profitability for their businesses.”

Cessna Latitude

FAA certification follows the aircraft’s first Atlantic crossing and European debut at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in May.  Customer reception remains strong as the aircraft’s transcontinental and European performance capabilities were showcased during a month-long regional demonstration tour. The aircraft flew non-stop from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Valencia, Spain in just over 5 hours demonstrating notable fuel efficiency that would allow the aircraft to continue to several additional European destinations. The Citation Latitude will continue its global debut scheduled throughout the remainder of the year.

Cessna Citation Latitude cockpit

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8C inspection done on Bombardier Global

Jet Aviation Singapore has undertaken the first Bombardier Global 8C Inspection in the Asia Pacific region. The inspection will be completed in conjunction with an interior refurbishment.

The inspection began earlier this month at the company’s newly expanded MRO facility at Seletar Aerospace Park. As the aircraft’s largest maintenance event, the 10-year 8C inspection requires an extensive dismantling of the cabin for a thorough check of the airframe and structures, including a major overhaul of the landing gear, examination of all operating systems and a detailed review of the aircraft’s flight documents.

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European Business Aviation flights on the increase

Eurozone business aviation has clearly recovered. The region saw its six largest markets, comprising 56% of total activity, all grow. Other important markets such as Spain and Turkey also increased activity in May, according to data compiled by WINGX Advance.

In total, there were 73,436 business aviation flight departures in Europe in May, 493 more than in May 2014. That is a 0.7% YOY growth. Strong growth in Germany, France, and Italy, in particular, was partly offset by declines in Switzerland, Austria, and The Netherlands.

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Honeywell Exec Expands on Dassault’s Falcon 5X Latest Integrated Avionics

Dassault has unveiled its latest iteration of the Falcon jet family: the Falcon 5X, flying with Honeywell’s Primus Epic EASy III cockpit technologies. With the 5X set to make its maiden flight this summer, the suite of integrated avionics aims to offer operators a smooth and easy flying experience through cutting edge technology.

Honeywell collaborated with Dassault to create the EASy III flight deck in Dassault's Falcon 5X (PRNewsFoto/Honeywell Aerospace)

“High end biz jets like these want state-of-the-art functionality, they want more than just the minimum certified capability, so we started offering wide screen, high resolution color displays that could show 3-D type formats that pilots find easier to manipulate, easier to train with, safer to operate,” Tom Lawler, director of marketing and product management at Honeywell, told Avionics Magazine.

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OPINION: Why Dassault’s wide-cabin 5X will succeed

The industry got its first glimpse of the all-new and eagerly-anticipated Falcon 5X at a dedicated roll-out ceremony on 2 June.

Dassault’s first clean-sheet design for more than a decade is a triumph. So too is its strategy to make this impressive wide-cabin business jet the benchmark for a family of new-generation Falcons.

With a cabin 2.58m (8.5ft) wide and 1.98m high, the 5X has the largest internal cross section of any traditional business jet on the market today – greater than its sector rivals the Bombardier Global 5000, Gulfstream G450 and in-development G500.

It is bigger even than the G650 and the developmental Global 7000 and 8000 – all positioned at the top end of the ultra-long-range sector where Dassault will eventually stake a claim.

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FAA approval clears Citation Latitude for deliveries

The US Federal Aviation Administration has awarded a type certificate for the nine-passenger Citation Latitude to complete a 3.5-year-long development programme, Cessna announced on 5 June.

Cessna Citation Latitude cabin interior

Cessna Citation Latitude runway

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FAA Grants Certification to Cessna Citation Latitude

Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation, announced that its Citation Latitude business jet has achieved type certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Deliveries are scheduled to begin in the third quarter of this year.

Cessna Citation Latitude cabin interior aft

FAA certification follows the aircraft’s first Atlantic crossing and European debut at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in May. The aircraft flew non-stop from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Valencia, Spain in just over 5 hours, demonstrating fuel efficiency that would allow the aircraft to continue to several additional European destinations. The Citation Latitude will continue its global debut scheduled throughout the remainder of the year.

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Moog Supplying Flight Control Systems For G500, G600, Jet Aviation to service India-registered Falcon jets

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Includes Flight Control Computers, Software, Pilot Interfaces, Other Components

Moog Inc. Aircraft Group had been selected by Gulfstream Aerospace as the supplier of the high lift system and the pilot directional control system for the Gulfstream G500 and G600 business jets.

Moog Supplying Flight Control Systems For Gulfstream G500, G600

The high lift system includes flight control computers and software, pilot interfaces, flap actuation, power drive, transmission components and accessories. The pilot directional control system includes rudder pedals, sensors and linkages. Moog will also provide the integration and certification support of these systems for both aircraft.

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Jet Aviation to service India-registered Falcons

Jet Aviation Basel recently received CAR-145 approval from the Director General Civil Aviation (DGCA) in India to provide full maintenance services to Indian-registered Dassault Falcon 7X, Falcon 900 (series) and Falcon 2000 (series) aircraft.

Jet Aviation Basel gains DGCA approval from India for Dassault Falcon 7X, Falcon 900 series and Falcon 2000

With this regulatory approval, Jet Aviation Basel is authorized to perform line and base maintenance on Falcon 7X, Falcon 900 series and Falcon 2000 series aircraft that are registered in India.

TRU Simulation + Training To Support Cessna And Beechcraft Airplanes

TRU Simulation + Training has announced plans to establish a new maintenance training facility for current model Cessna and Beechcraft aircraft. The facility will be located on the Textron Aviation Mid-Continent campus in Wichita, KS.

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Cessna Citation X+ Makes First Trans-Atlantic Trip, Textron Aviation delivers full product lineup + MORE Jul 18th

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Cessna Citation X+ Makes First Trans-Atlantic Trip

Following closely behind its recent FAA certification, the Cessna Citation X+, the world’s fastest business jet, completed its first trans-Atlantic crossing in a normal business flight profile in 5 hours, 33 minutes for an average ground speed of 502 knots. Cessna is a subsidiary of Textron Aviation, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.

Cessna Citation X+ Makes First Trans-Atlantic Trip

“We filed a fairly standard flight plan to demonstrate the capability a customer can expect in normal operations, and it was very impressive,” said Kriya Shortt, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing for Textron Aviation. “While the operator will realize a huge benefit from the Citation X+ during shorter cross-country flights, long flights like this is where it really shines.”

The Citation X+ flew from the Cessna factory in Wichita, KS to Presque Isle, Maine, then 2,788 nautical miles non-stop to Cessna’s facility at Paris Le Bourget for an event. The Citation X+ then completed its journey at TAG Farnborough Airport. For the trans-Atlantic leg, the aircraft made a direct climb to 45,000 feet, accelerating to an initial cruise speed of .86 Mach, then to .88 Mach for much of the flight to Paris.

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Confidence in China’s business aviation growth shows signs of weakening

Confidence in China’s rapid business aviation growth is showing signs of weakening, as the country’s inherent issues show little sign of any short term fixes

The pace at which business aviation in China is growing is starting to be questioned; as the government’s tight control of its airspace shows little sign of loosening.

Although the country has been slowly experimenting with opening its airspace up, with small scale trials starting in Changchun and Guangzhou at the end of 2010, progress has been frustratingly slow, and is seen as one of the main barriers to the explosive growth rates predicted for the country.

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To wander the Farnborough airfield during trade show week is to be dwarfed by the big beasts of global aviation, from the epic Dreamliners to the needle-sharp fighter jets, and all for sale.

But with even the cheapest models costing many millions of dollars, is there any prospect that owning an aircraft could follow computers and cars in becoming affordable to the masses?

The figures indicate otherwise. Private jet sales slowed to a crawl following the global recession, falling 3.4% to 682 in 2012 in the U.S. and rising just 0.9% the following year.

Even this minor growth has been concentrated at the top end of the market, with sales contracting toward the lower end. Bombardier airline President Eric Martel was candid about the prospect of an upturn, saying Monday: “It’s no secret the light segment has been difficult over the last couple of years.”

An enthusiast could still fulfill their dream through a fixed kit plane, or a discontinued antique. But looking ahead, their best bet might be the emerging field of the car-plane hybrid.

This week at the Farnborough International Airshow, Parajet is showcasing the SkyRunner to potential aviation distributors with a price tag of $80,000.

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Textron Aviation delivers full product lineup for special missions market

Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, said today at the Farnborough International Airshow that the entire product range of Beechcraft and Cessna products are available in special mission configurations. All 20 current production aircraft – including a Special Mission Beechcraft King Air 350ER on display this week in Farnborough, U.K. – fit numerous mission profiles, including aerial survey, air ambulance, flight inspection, aerial surveillance, training and utility transport.

“With the combination of the Beechcraft and Cessna products within Textron Aviation, we now offer the largest proposition of special mission platforms in the industry,” said Dan Keady, vice president, Special Missions. “We have seen a significant growth in special mission activity around the globe and anticipate this market will continue to grow across our aircraft platforms. From our piston-engine Beechcraft and Cessna products up to the largest Citation business jets, we are able to offer our customers an aircraft to fit just about any mission requirement.”

The Beechcraft products, particularly the King Air turboprops, are utilized around the globe in a number of services including air ambulance, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), maritime patrol and pilot training, while the Cessna product line lends itself to multiple special mission roles from piston trainers, to the multi-purposed Caravan operating in an air ambulance, cargo, parachute and float plane platforms. The Citation jets are also used in training, flight inspection and air ambulance roles throughout the world.

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Cessna set to deliver upgraded Citation X in Q2, Learjet 85 Prototype Flying with Structural Health Monitoring System + MORE May 6th

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

 

Cessna will certificate the new, higher-speed Citation X in the second quarter after a six-month delay and deliver several production aircraft, says Scott Donnelly, chief executive of Cessna parent company Textron.

Cessna Citation X

 

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First-quarter revenues at Textron Aviation, which includes Cessna and Beechcraft, were up $77 million, to $785 million, thanks to the mid-March acquisition of Beechcraft, higher jet deliveries and higher aftermarket sales but offset by fewer pre-owned sales and falling revenue at CitationAir. The division recorded a profit of $14 million in the quarter versus a loss of $8 million a year ago, helped by firmer pricing and higher jet volumes…

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Learjet 85 Prototype Flying with Structural Health Monitoring System

Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Acellent Technologies said its structural health monitoring system (SHMS) was installed on the Bombardier Learjet 85 prototype–dubbed flight-test vehicle one (FTV1)–before the jet’s maiden flight last month. According to Acellent, Bombardier installed the SHMS on the left and right panel of the composite vertical stabilizer of FTV1. The layered sensor system can detect such things as strain, temperature and pressure…

Accelent ScanPad

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Economic Dip is Not Slowing Business Jet Sales, Textron Finalizes Purchase of Beechcraft

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

India’s Economic Dip is Not Slowing Business Jet Sales, Says Embraer

Embraer says the slowdown in the Indian economy has done little to stop its strong business aircraft sales in the country. India is the first country from the Asia-Pacific region to have a complete portfolio of Embraer aircraft, ranging from the Phenom 100 very light jet to the large-cabin Lineage 1000.

According to Embraer Executive Jets market intelligence vice president Jose Eduardo Costas, the Brazilian airframer now has 20 business aircraft based in India, which he said represents a 15-percent market share. In January 2014, a Phenom 300 was delivered to Kerala-based charter operator Joy Jets, which also operates a Phenom 100.

Phenom-300-Light-Business-Jet

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Textron Completes Acquisition of Beechcraft

Textron Inc. announced it has closed its acquisition of Beech Holdings, LLC, the parent of Beechcraft Corporation, and that it will bring together its Cessna business and Beechcraft to form a new segment called Textron Aviation. Cessna and Beechcraft together produced about$4.6 billion in revenues during 2013.

Cessna, Beechcraft and Hawker bring 200-plus years of combined aviation experience

 

The acquisition brings together three iconic brands, each pioneering many of general aviation’s most notable advances in the past century. Cessna, Beechcraft, and Hawker bring 200-plus years of combined aviation experience to the market and an installed customer base of more than 250,000 airplanes worldwide. Going forward, Textron Aviation intends to share and leverage best practices across all operations to further its position as an aviation authority.Scott Ernest, who has served as Cessna’s President and CEO since 2011, will lead the Textron Aviation segment as CEO.

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Garmin Software Delays New Jets As Cessna Deliveries Dip

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Development delays with software for the Garmin avionics suites for Cessna’s new Citation M2, Sovereign and X will push back first deliveries by a few months. During a conference call yesterday on second-quarter earnings at Cessna parent Textron, chairman and CEO Scott Donnelly said that deliveries of the M2 and the Sovereign will now start during the fourth quarter of this year, instead of the third quarter as had been planned. Deliveries of the new Citation X will now not begin until “early next year.” Textron, whose properties include Bell Helicopter as well as Cessna, experienced a 6-percent dip in second-quarter revenues to $2.8 billion and a fall in income per share from continuing operations to $0.40 in this year’s second quarter from $0.58 in the same period last year. Bell saw revenues decrease by $31 million in the second quarter, mainly due to a reduction in commercial helicopter deliveries during the period to 44 aircraft from 47. Second-quarter revenues at Cessna decreased by $203 million, with the company delivering just 20 new Citations compared with 49 in the same period last year. Donnelly said this stemmed in part from a deliberate policy of reducing discounts to bolster margins.

Cessna Citation X deliveries will not begin until early next year

 

Cessna, Bell Lift Textron in Third Quarter

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Cessna Aircraft and Bell Helicopter parent company Textron reported third-quarter revenues of $2.8 billion yesterday, up 13.5 percent from last year, and profits of $236 million (up $124 million). At Cessna, third-quarter revenues climbed by $236 million to $771 million, while profits increased by $64 million, going from a $31 million loss last year to a positive $33 million this year. Cessna delivered 47 Citations in the quarter, almost doubling the 26 jets it shipped in the same period last year. However, Textron chairman and CEO Scott Donnelly acknowledged that Cessna made a deliberate attempt to even out deliveries between the third and fourth quarters, accounting for the higher deliveries in the third quarter while portending fewer (on a year-over-year basis) in the fourth. Cessna’s backlog at the end of the third quarter was $2.2 billion, down $359 million from the end of the second quarter, meaning that order intake is not keeping pace with deliveries. Meanwhile, Bell’s revenues rose by $69 million, to $894 million, in the quarter versus last year, while profits climbed by $37 million to $143 million. Bell delivered 26 civil helicopters in the quarter, versus 24 a year ago. Backlog at Bell fell by $588 million to $6.4 billion, though this was due to military deliveries and a correction to V-22 backlog. Donnelly said Bell civil order backlog is expected to be up for the year.