22/04/2009 CESSNA HAS FUN IN THE SUN
At the recent Sun ˜n Fun show, Cessna made the following announcements.
Cessna SkyCatcher to Re-enter Development Program
A production SkyCatcher “ built in Wichita, Kan. “ was involved in an incident during flight test on March 19. The aircraft was undergoing a very aggressive spin test regime “ power on and cross-controlled “ when it entered a spin that was not immediately recoverable. This spin test was one of more than 500 flown to date using various combinations of center-of-gravity positions, power settings, flap settings and control inputs. The pilot deployed the airframe parachute in accordance with the flight test procedure and emerged from the aircraft unhurt after it touched down. The aircraft was slightly damaged and is being repaired.
Cessna has committed to additional testing beyond ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) requirements throughout the aircraft’s development; the SkyCatcher will meet ASTM standard F2245 for the light sport category. All engineering work and testing of the 162 is being completed in Wichita at Cessna Aircraft Field Airport adjacent to McConnell Air Force Base.
In the coming weeks, Cessna will gather additional wind tunnel data. That information, combined with data from recent spin testing, will be used to refine the configuration before spin testing will be resumed.
Cessna Announces Piston Aircraft Fleet Orders at Sun ’n Fun Fly-In
The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) has ordered 19 additional new Cessna 182T Skylanes. CAP, a non-profit volunteer organization that serves as the auxiliary to the U.S. Air Force, has the largest fleet of Cessna single-engine aircraft in the world with more than 500 Cessnas used for missions in its disaster relief, cadet programs, aerospace education and search and rescue operations.
The University of North Dakota has ordered 13 additional new 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 one of the largest training fleets “ more than 120 aircraft. This order is part of a multi-year contract announced last year to update the university’s single-engine aircraft with Skyhawks. The school ordered and took delivery of 25 172S aircraft in 2008.
These orders further reinforce our long-standing relationships with CAP and UND Aerospace, two outstanding organizations. We’re especially pleased to be able to announce these orders at Sun ’n Fun, where we look forward to carrying over the momentum from a high-activity, well attended AERO Friedrichshafen event earlier this month in Germany, said John Doman, Cessna’s vice president, Worldwide Propeller Aircraft Sales.
Cessna’s Citation Mustang Gets SVT, Nears 200th Delivery
Cessna has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification for Garmin’s Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT) for the Citation Mustang.
SVT is now a FAA-certified option for the Mustang and all G1000-equipped 172 Skyhawks, 182 Skylanes, 206 Stationairs and the Caravan product line.
The Garmin G1000 SVT gives the pilot a simulated 3D graphical representation of the surrounding terrain and displays the aircraft’s position in an enhanced topographical database. Garmin’s SVT also includes other features such as simulated 3D depiction of obstacle identification, traffic, flight path marker, zero pitch line, runway information and airport signs.
Working closely with Garmin, Cessna conducted an extensive test and certification program on the SVT system prior to submitting it to the FAA for certification on Cessna aircraft.
In addition, the 200th Mustang is scheduled to be delivered next month to Maritime Air Charters located in Honolulu, Hawaii. A delivery ceremony is scheduled at Cessna’s facility in Independence, Kan., where the Mustang is manufactured.
The current fleet of Citation Mustangs has accumulated more than 34,000 flight hours, and the high-time aircraft has logged nearly 1,000 hours. The Mustang is currently certified in 57 countries including the United States.
Cessna Hosts Its First-Ever Flight Instructor Safety Stand Down
The company is nearing approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to host a flight instructor safety stand down, a first for any aircraft original equipment manufacturer (OEM).
Cessna’s 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, said Will Dirks, Cessna’s vice president of Flight Operations. 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 18-hour course was designed by Cessna flight instructors who have considerable knowledge and experience in this area.
The first-ever Cessna Flight Instructor Safety Stand Down is scheduled for May 30-31 in St. Louis, Mo. Instructors are encouraged to preview some of the course content at this year’s Sun ’n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla., during the educational forums held in Tent 9 on Tuesday, April 21 at 11 a.m. and Wednesday, April 22 at 9 a.m.