Cessna’s Citation M2 makes first flight

Cessna’s new Citation M2 made its first prototype flight March 9. The flight lasted a little more than an hour and a half and included tests of the avionics system, autopilot, engine system, aircraft systems and instrument approaches.

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New PMAs for Lamar Technologies

Lamar Technologies has new PMAs for pre-1996 Cessna single engine aircraft. Due to high demand for Original Equipment 14 and 28 volt regulators, the company PMA’d both the DGR3 and DGR6 regulators it supplies Cessna.

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Cessna Leadership Scholarship recipients named

Two Kansas State University Aviation students have been selected to receive the Cessna Leadership Scholarship. The students will use the $3,000 awards to obtain flight ratings. The selected students are Carol Cooper, senior in professional pilot, Hutchinson, Kan.; and Megan Henderson, junior in professional pilot, Topeka, Kan.

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Cessna anticipates demand increasing in Asia-Pacific Region

Officials from Cessna Aircraft Co. said last week at the Singapore Airshow that the company anticipates accelerating demand for light and mid-size business jets across the Asia-Pacific region in the next decade.

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Cessna Mobile Service Unit joins lineup for Super Bowl

Cessna Aircraft Co. is stationing two Mobile Service Units for on-site technical expertise and immediate support to general aviation aircraft owners at the 46th Super Bowl in Indianapolis.

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Cessna Mustang #400 rolls off assembly line

Cessna Aircraft Co. recently rolled its 400th Citation Mustang off the assembly line at its Independence, Kan., facility. This milestone was accomplished in a little more than five years since the Mustang’s first delivery in November 2006.

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Cessna’s Mark Paolucci to retire

Mark Paolucci, senior vice president of sales, will retire at the end of the year after 32 years with Cessna.

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Wounded vet brought home in Cessna’s ‘American Patriot’

Cessna Aircraft Co. welcomed home to Wichita wounded veteran Private First Class Shawn Williams for Cessna’s third Veterans Airlift Command mission. Williams came home to a crowd of several hundred Cessna employees, his family and the local American Legion Riders. Williams’ stepfather is a Cessna employee. This is Williams first holiday season home with his family for more than two years.

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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.