By GUY R. MAHER
There was a time when if you wanted to buy one of the many models of airplanes offered by Cessna, Beech, Piper, Mooney, Grumman and more, all it took was a short drive to a near-by airport and a respective dealer.
There you could pick from the many choices of late-model, low-time copies of your favorite. You could also easily find somebody who knew how to fix it, had no problem getting parts, and hire somebody well versed in the type to train you properly.
That was then — 40 years ago. This is now.
It’s not uncommon to have to cross the entire country to grab up that decent legacy four-place basic single. [Read more…]
It’s not often we get general aviation news off The Motley Fool, but the investment website teased this headline recently: Can you guess the world’s most popular airplane? (Hint: It’s Not From Boeing or Airbus).
Blogger Alexander MacLennan, who writes about “Industrials, Airlines, and Financial companies,” opens his post with: “Aerospace manufacturers Boeing and Airbus may be among the best known aircraft makers but neither one makes the most produced or most sold aircraft in the world. That honor belongs to Cessna, now part of Textron, for the Cessna 172 Skyhawk; an aircraft that has produced and sold over 43,000 units and remains in production today. Between Boeing and Airbus, the most popular model is the Boeing 73,7 which has received about 12,600 orders and delivered just over 8,000 units.”
Michael Magnell, who has contributed several stories to General Aviation News, sends in this photo of his friend, Fernando Ferricini, with one of his little twin daughters in a Cessna 210. Fernando, a private pilot, says this particular daughter really likes
planes. [Read more…]
Sierra Industries, Ltd., part of the SkyWay Group, has launched a new program of performance upgrades to the Cessna 525 Citation Jet series.
Cessna Aircraft Co. recently delivered the 10,000th single-engine aircraft from its Independence, Kan. facility since its first delivery in June 1996.
Liberty University took delivery of this milestone aircraft, a Cessna Skyhawk, along with two other Cessna Skyhawks, adding to its growing flight training fleet.
ENTERPRISE, Florida — Citation Jet Pilots (CJP), the owner/pilot organization for the Cessna Citation series of jet aircraft, has named Lt. Col. Jon “Huggy” Huggins as the new Executive Director of the organization.
Cessna reports the successful maiden flight of the first production unit of the Citation CJ3+ from the company’s manufacturing facility adjacent to Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita. Mark Tuttle, production flight test pilot, said all systems performed as expected during the 73 minute flight.