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Citation Ten Takes To The Skies - Cessna has rolled out its 400th Citation Mustang

Cessna’s Citation Ten prototype made its first flight last month. The flight lasted more than two hours and included tests of stability and control- handling qualities- functional operations including the autopilot and auto-throttle system- engine operability and avionics before landing at Wichita- Kansas Mid-Continent Airport (ICT) where Cessna's main manufacturing facility is located.

“It took a significant amount of work by a large number of people to get us to this milestone- and I am happy to report that the aircraft performed exceptionally well and handling characteristics were excellent; just as predicted-” said Michael Voigt- Cessna's engineering test pilot who flew the Ten prototype.

“All systems functioned as expected including the Garmin G5000 avionics system. We are looking forward to a successful flight test program and FAA certification.” Federal Aviation Administration type certification is on track for mid-2013 with first aircraft deliveries planned for the second half of 2013.

“Our first flight- was a great success. We have a great team working on this project and I know they will take this dominant aircraft up a notch-” said Kelly Reich- business leader for the Cessna Citation X and Ten.


Mustang Reaches 400 Aircraft
Cessna has rolled out its 400th Citation Mustang off the assembly line at its Independence- Kansas- USA facility. This milestone was accomplished in a little more than five years since the Mustang’s first delivery in November 2006.

“What an achievement for Cessna and for the employees in Wichita and Independence who engineer- design- support and manufacture this great airplane-” said Brian Rohloff- Cessna's Citation Mustang and M2 business leader. 'Mustang sales remain strong- pilots like its ease of operation and low operating costs — it’s a compelling airplane- designed and built with Cessna ingenuity and pride.”

The Mustang's most common use is corporate business or personal travel. Its second most common use is air taxi service. In growing popularity- the Mustang is also being used for special missions as medical air transport and as an airline flight training tool.

“Having the Mustang in our fleet is a great way to get pilots into a jet for the first time - when they get behind the controls- the excitement is written all over their face-” said Rohloff. “Then- when they are ready to move up- the rest of our Citation fleet is right there waiting.”

The worldwide fleet of Mustangs is averaging 480 hours- with 45 Mustangs having accumulated more than 1-000 hours each. High time Mustangs are 1-600 hours (typical operation) and 2-200 hours (fleet operation). The Citation Mustang is the world's first fully certified entry-level business jet. The program was announced at the 2002 National Business Aviation Association convention and the aircraft made its first flight in April 2005- received FAA type certificate in September 2006 and celebrated its first delivery in November 2006. Coming in at just over $3 million (2012 delivery)- the Mustang features Garmin avionics- Pratt & Whitney Canada engines and boasts a maximum 1-100 nautical mile range.

More information visit - www.cessna.com


HAWKER 900XP’s Certification Corporation
Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) has received type certification for the Hawker 900XP midsize business jet from the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) Aviation Registry in Russia. In addition to Russia’s approval- the Hawker 900XP has achieved type certification from more than 50 other countries around the world.

“The Hawker 900XP is ideally suited to the Russian market and with this certification we believe the aircraft will be in great demand with charter companies and those with a corporate or private fleet in the region-” said Sean McGeough- HBC president- Europe- Middle East and Africa.

“The aircraft is capable of transporting eight passengers and two crew members a distance of 5-069 km- making it possible for the majority of Russia to be accessed from any point. Furthermore- the Hawker 900XP can reach any point in Europe from Moscow or St. Petersburg.”

More information visit - www.hawkerbeechcraft.com


API Winglets Save 3 Billion Gallons of Jet Fuel
- Tons of Emissions Saved

Aviation Partners - Blended Winglets on a BBJ Model Aviation Partners Inc- have revealed that its Blended Winglet Technology had saved the world’s commercial and business aircraft operators an estimated three billion gallons of jet fuel. This represents a global reduction in CO2 emissions of more than 32.2 million tons.

Aviation Partners’ Winglets are now flying on more than 5-000 individual airplanes- and on more than 20 airplane types worldwide. API’s Blended Winglets are an addition to the airplane wing tip that efficiently adds effective wingspan and reduce the drag caused by wingtip vortices.

More information visit - www.aviationpartners.com 

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