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NEW AIRCRAFT
CESSNA Launches New Light Business Jet Citation M2
Cessna Aircraft Company- a company- today launched the Citation M2- a new light business jet that fills the gap between the Citation Mustang and the Citation CJ family.

The Citation M2 features Garmin G3000 avionics- engines similar to those found in the Citation CJ series and an all-new cabin design. The aircraft is an aluminum airframe with a T-tail and a straight wing that includes LED lights. A cabin mock-up of the Citation M2 was on display at Cessna's exhibit in the Las Vegas Convention Center during the 64th NBAA Annual Meeting and Convention Oct. 10-12.

With room for two crew and up to six passengers- the $4.2 million Citation M2 has a maximum cruise speed of 400 knots true airspeed (741 kilometers per hour) and a range of 1-300 nautical miles (2-408 kilometers). The aircraft can operate at airports with runways as short as 3-250 feet (991 meters) and will climb to 41-000 feet (12-497 meters) in 24 minutes.

'Operator feedback and owner insight have indicated a market for a Citation with the size- speed and range of the Citation M2. We expect to see customers new to the Citation family- Mustang owners looking for a logical next step or CJ1+ operators who want a new- more advanced Citation-' said Scott Ernest- Cessna president and CEO.

The Citation M2 is powered by a pair of FADEC-controlled Williams International FJ44-1AP-21 turbofan engines- each producing 1-965 pounds of thrust. This new and improved version of Williams' FJ44 engine incorporates improvements gleaned from more than 6 million hours of operation of the 4-000 FJ44 engines in service. The FJ44-1AP-21 produces 10-15 percent more altitude thrust (depending on conditions) and consumes less fuel at long range cruise than the previous version- enabling the M2 to climb quickly and cruise fast and far. The engine also provides significantly higher performance at hot and high conditions and an increase in the time between overhaul (TBO) from 3-500 to 4-000 hours.

More information visit – www.cessna.com

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D-JET Testing Resumes
- First Flight Since March
Diamond Aircraft has resumed flight testing of its D-JET prototypes following their temporary grounding after a funding shortfall and significant employee furloughs earlier this year.

“Our team's spirits are certainly lifted with the resumption of flight activities-” Peter Maurer- President- remarked. “Being able to bring back part of the team allowed us to resume flight operations - and we are looking forward to finishing the campaign with 002 and 003- while in parallel finalizing detail design work and starting the production of conforming aircraft 004.”

The one hour flight of D-JET 003 (its first flight since March 27th- 2011) included shakedown of aircraft systems- control sweeps- gear cycling- flap cycling- verification of navigation equipment and software- several touch and goes- and completion of some control system test points.

Test pilot Mark Elwess reported the flight to be uneventful without any issues or aircraft snags. Completion of the flight test campaign for the prototypes will continue on a regular basis.

More information visit – www.diamondaircraft.com

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COMPLETIONS
Another First for FLYING COLOURS
- Middle East & Russia CL850 Deliveries

Following its first mainland China delivery of a Bombardier Challenger 850 in the Spring- Ontario-based Flying Colours Corp. has delivered a further two completed Challenger 850s into the Middle East and Russia during the last three months.

ExecuJet Middle East accepted a Challenger 850 on behalf of a private customer in June. The finished aircraft featured luxurious and elegant interior furnishings- including euro-burl veneer- customized gold inlays- and the finest leathers and fabrics.

A full selection of in-flight connectivity included the installation of True North Simphone Broadband Wi-Fi capability and iPad functionality.

A second completed Bombardier Challenger 850 was delivered to Russian aviation business Ak Bars Aero in late July.

More information visit – www.flyingcolourscorp.com

 


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