A few moments with Jack Pelton

Bonus depreciation and research and development tax credits. Those were two pieces of legislation Cessna’s Jack Pelton, president and CEO mentioned in response to my query, following his June 21 speech to the Aero Club of Washington.

He spoke of the myriad challenges we in aviation face. FAA reauthorization (long-term, not patchwork); cancellation of aircraft orders; the size of the aviation economy in the U.S. (1.2 million jobs, $320 billion annual economic output, trade surplus, transportation for many remote communities); falling student pilot starts; and fees placed on California-based flight schools. All have been discussed many times by many people. [Read more...]

Cardinal Flyers Unite!

There are benefits to throwing the door open and seeing who comes sauntering through it. If airports thrive on traffic and visitors, perhaps there is benefit to hosting fly-ins both large and small throughout the year, whenever the opportunity presents itself. Failing the willingness of the management to host the event, why not let the public decide? Whatever works for your airport, your tenants and users, just might work for pilots and visitors from farther afield than you would ever imagine.

Most of us have spent a long, cold, snowy winter and would love to find a plausible reason to take a few days off, head south, and catch a few welcome rays of golden sunshine. If you can do it with friends and throw a good meal into the mix, all the better.

I see an opportunity. Actually, a bunch of other people saw an opportunity and grabbed it. I’m just glad to be able to watch from the sidelines and enjoy the benefits of general aviation as a big ol’ brotherhood (sisterhood) of great people.

For the 11th year in a row the Cardinal Flyers are gathering in my neighborhood to swap stories and share a little friendly tech talk. Members of this type club gather annually to revel in the company of other pilots and passengers who appreciate the luxurious speed and sleek good looks of perhaps the sexiest high wing ever made – the Cessna Cardinal. Scheduled for the week prior to Sun ‘n Fun, only 14 miles from show central at Gilbert Field in Winter Haven, Florida – the Cardinals are coming, the Cardinals are coming! What a way to kick off the start of the airshow season, the long awaited arrival of Spring, and visit with friends who know a thing or two about flying cross country in search of a good time.

For more information: Cardinal Flyers Online.

Jamie Beckett is a CFI and A&P mechanic who stepped into the political arena in an effort to promote and protect GA at his local airport. You can reach him at Jamie@GeneralAviationNews.com.

Cessna returns as Sebring sponsor

Cessna has agreed to continue to be the main sponsor of the US Sport Aviation Expo, scheduled for Jan. 21-24, 2010, at Sebring Regional Airport in Sebring, Florida.

“We are thrilled that Cessna has again agreed to be the ‘Presenting Sponsor’ for our event,” said Bob Wood, expo chairman. “Their continued involvement in LSA is of great importance to this community.”

January 2010 will be the sixth time the Expo has been presented. It will continue to be focused on Light Sport Aircraft and the Sport Pilot Certificate. As in the past, free educational forums will be arranged by the Experimental Aircraft Association.

For more information: Sport-Aviation-Expo.com.

Cessna moves Corvalis deliveries

Cessna Aircraft Co. has begun deliveries of the Corvalis line of high-performance single-engine piston aircraft at the company’s customer center in Independence, Kan., the first step in moving the entire production line from Cessna’s facility in Oregon.

“We currently deliver the Cessna Skyhawk, Skylane, Stationair, and the Citation Mustang from the customer center in Independence. Using this facility for deliveries to our new Corvalis customers is a great way to begin the process that will transition the entire Corvalis production line to Independence later this year,” said Rod Holter, vice president for Cessna Single-Engine/Mustang Operations.

For more information: Cessna.com.

Sporty’s to award SkyCatcher for 2010 Sweepstakes

Sporty’s Pilot Shop again teams up with Cessna and Garmin to award a customer a new Cessna 162 SkyCatcher equipped with Garmin G300 avionics for its 2010 Sweepstakes.

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Cessna offers Aircell high-speed Internet on Citations

Cessna Aircraft Co. will offer the Aircell in-flight, high-speed wireless data system for the Citation XLS+, Citation Sovereign and Citation X.

The system, which provides wireless broadband laptop, tablet PC or PDA connectivity for passengers and crew at altitudes greater than 10,000 feet above the continental United States, will be an option for deliveries starting in the second quarter of 2010.

The system, delivering speeds comparable to a typical DSL connection, features an ATG 4000 transceiver, a configuration module, and two antennas, and requires Aircell’s Axxess II dual-channel Iridium satellite telephone system (a standard feature on the Citation X).

Features of the system include multiple user access via the in-cabin wireless router, the ability to send and receive e-mails with attachments, access to virtual private networks (VPN), and various service plans.

For more information: Cessna.com.

Cessna slates Flight Instructor Safety Stand Down

Cessna Aircraft Co. has received FAA approval for its flight instructor safety stand down, a first for any aircraft original equipment manufacturer (OEM).

The safety stand down is a training seminar designed for flight instructors, flight instructor candidates and commercial pilots who may have an interest in becoming flight instructors. The course serves as an all-inclusive training event for several mandated recurrent courses with an emphasis on using new technology to enhance aviation safety. The course will also serve as a flight instructor refresher clinic.

The first-ever Cessna Flight Instructor Safety Stand Down is scheduled for June 13-14 in San Diego.

For more information: Cessna.com/Training or CessnaElearning.com.

Citation CJ4 wing mated to fuselage

Cessna Aircraft Co. completed wing/fuselage mate of Citation CJ4 serial number 003 earlier this week. The new Citation CJ4, the latest in the popular CJ series, will enter service in 2010.

cessna_citation_cj4_wingmate01Three aircraft, a prototype and serial numbers 001 and 002, have started certification flight test in Wichita, already accumulating more than 800 flight hours of developmental testing. The first two production aircraft were assembled to production specifications on production tooling while No. 3 is the first CJ4 to be assembled with production tooling on the new assembly line.

The original CitationJet was introduced in 1993 and the fleet of nearly 1,400 airplanes has amassed more than 2.1 million flight hours.

For more information: Cessna.com.

Cessna kicks off show season with strong sales

Cessna opened Sun ‘n Fun with strong sales.

Company officials reported that the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) ordered 19 Cessna 182T Skylanes. CAP has the largest fleet of Cessna single-engine aircraft in the world, with more than 500 used for missions in its disaster relief, cadet programs, aerospace education and search and rescue operations.

The University of North Dakota ordered 13 additional Cessna 172S Skyhawks to be used for flight training at the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. UND Aerospace will fly some 120,000 hours this year with its training fleet of more than 120 aircraft. This order is part of a multi-year contract announced last year. The school took delivery of 25 172S aircraft in 2008.

For more information: Cessna.com.

Cessna’s Mustang gets SVT

mustangCessna Aircraft Co. has received FAA certification for Garmin’s Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT) for the Citation Mustang.

Besides the Mustang, SVT is now an FAA-certified option for all G1000-equipped 172 Skyhawks, 182 Skylanes, 206 Stationairs and the Caravan product line.

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