Cessna 120-140 Association slates convention

The 37th Annual Convention of the International Cessna 120-140 Association will be held at Ryan Field in Tucson, Ariz., from Oct. 17 through Oct. 21.

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LSAs vs. Cessna 150s

There’s been a lot of debate in the aviation community over the value and challenges of LSA as flight trainers compared to old standards like Cessna 150s. I’d like to weigh in on some the questions being raised.

Are LSA harder to fly — specifically, are they harder to land? The best way to respond is to say that they are different. [Read more...]

Wing spar cap inspections required for C210s

An airworthiness directive (AD) issued May 21 requires one-time inspections of the lower main spar caps on the wings of Cessna 210, P210, and T210 airplanes. According to a report at AOPA.org, the AD calls for either replacement of cracked parts or a to-be-determined FAA-approved modification if cracks are found, as well as reporting of inspection results to the FAA. The AD takes effect June 5 and is expected to affect 3,665 airplanes in the U.S.

Hartzell introduces Top Prop for Skylane

Hartzell Propeller has received an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for a 3-bladed propeller conversion kit for the Cessna 182S, 182T Skylane, T182T Skylane TC, up through models in current production.

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Ex-Im Bank approves loan guarantee for Cessna and Bell Helicopter exports

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) has approved a guarantee of a $350 million loan to provide the funds to assist Textron Inc. in financing the exports by two of its companies, Cessna Aircraft Co. and Bell Helicopter Textron.

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Cessna suspends Skycatcher sales in Europe

According to a French dealer for Cessna, 80 Skycatcher orders have been cancelled, but Cessna officials in the U.S. say the Wichita giant has just temporarily suspended taking orders for the LSA in Europe.

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LSA news from Sun ’n Fun

Whew! It’s over. Sun ’n Fun can be the busiest six days of one’s life ­— until the next one. I wanted to skim the very top of what I found interesting at the recently concluded show. Today I’ll cover airframe manufacturers and follow up this week with more.

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Cessna employees rally for Veterans Airlift Command

Cessna Aircraft Co. donated $25,000 on behalf of Cessna employees to benefit the Veterans Airlift Command on opening day of the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In & Expo in Lakeland, Fla. The Veterans Airlift Command (VAC) is a nonprofit organization that provides free transportation for injured veterans. Cessna has designated a Citation Mustang, named “American Patriot,” to fly VAC missions. The donated funds were raised through Cessna employee purchases of 2,152 commemorative Citation Mustang, American Patriot limited edition T-shirts.

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The family flying station wagon

There are many men who will tell you that when they suggested the idea of buying an airplane to their wives, it very nearly resulted in divorce. But Kenneth Spivey Jr., from Vestavia, Ala., says he had a completely different experience when it came to the purchase of his Cessna 170B.

“My wife actually MADE ME go buy this airplane!” he insists.

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See and be seen

Cessna Aircraft officials reported on opening day of SUN ’n FUN that the Cessna 172 Skyhawk, 182 Skylane, and 206 Stationair year 2012 models will now come equipped with the Garmin GTS 800 Traffic Alert System (TAS).

This system, when integrated into the avionics package, can detect traffic in the vicinity, audibly alert the pilot of the traffic’s location and distance, and make the aircraft more visible to other pilots in the area, officials said.

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