WICHITA, Kan. (March 13, 2017) – Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, today announced it has completed initial wind tunnel testing of its new twin-engine Cessna SkyCourier turboprop. Results from comprehensive wind tunnel tests will provide performance and aerodynamic characteristics and structural load data, further finalizing the aircraft design. “For the initial wind tunnel testing, we use a custom, precision model with electric motors and scaled propellers calibrated to represent the thrust produced by the real aircraft,” said Brad Thress, senior vice president, Engineering. “We’re making outstanding progress in the development of this clean-sheet aircraft and are eager to continue defining the details that will allow us to start creating tools and parts.” Since Textron Aviation announced the Cessna SkyCourier in November 2017, the company has seen tremendous interest from operators looking for a modern solution in the large twin-utility space. As part of the aircraft’s design development, the company is garnering feedback from its Customer Advisory Board – empowering operators to affirm what customers need in this segment. “The flexibility and mission potential for the Cessna SkyCourier is attractive to a wide variety of operators,” said Thress. “The feedback we’re gathering from the CAB is extremely important as we develop […]
WICHITA, Kan. (March 12, 2018) – Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron, Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced the Cessna Citation Longitude has successfully circumnavigated the globe, demonstrating its commanding performance and impressive reliability to customers along the way. Throughout its world tour, the Longitude traveled more than 31,000 nautical miles, flew 27 legs and visited 12 countries. “This far-reaching tour enabled us to fulfill the mounting demand from customers around the world to experience this stunningly capable and impressive aircraft,” said Rob Scholl, senior vice president of Sales and Marketing. “After successfully circling the globe and showcasing its outstanding performance and reliability throughout diverse regions and a wide array of environmental conditions, the Longitude reinforced its ability to suit the needs of operators worldwide.” The Longitude commenced its world tour on January 27 when the aircraft departed Textron Aviation headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, for its Asia-Pacific debut at the Singapore Airshow. The aircraft then toured throughout the region and demonstrated its outstanding long-range performance with the 3,504-nautical mile flight from Seletar, Singapore to Sydney, Australia. Before returning to the United States, the Longitude flew throughout Europe, making stops for customers in Sweden, France, Italy, Switzerland and the U.K. On its […]
In a sign of the times, one of the world’s most recognized helicopter makers now wants to be known as much more. If the stylized dragonfly in its new logo didn’t tip you off, the disappearance of the word “helicopter” from its name should provide an ample clue that Bell Helicopter – or just Bell, we should say now – recognizes that its future lies well beyond the boundaries of rotorcraft like the ubiquitous Hueys and JetRangers that made it famous since the 1960s and 70s. As any aviation history buff knows, Bell started out in 1930s as a manufacturer of what would become legendary World War II fighters like the P-39 Airacobra, and later the Bell X-1 rocket plane flown beyond the sound barrier for the first time in 1947 by Chuck Yeager. But Bell has been linked in more recent times as the successful helicopter division of Textron Aviation, which also owns sister brands Cessna and Beechcraft. Noting that the company is moving in a new direction for a new era of vertical aviation, Bell president and CEO Mitch Snyder explained that Bell is now a “technology company redefining flight.” Last month, Bell was at the Consumer Electronics […]
WICHITA, Kan. (Feb. 27, 2018) – Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron, Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced that, for the second consecutive year, the Cessna Citation Latitude earned the title as the category’s most delivered business jet. Citation Latitude 2017 deliveries increased by 30 percent from 2016, to 54 deliveries, further cementing its position as one of the world’s best-selling business jets since its entry into service in 2015. “We are thrilled to see the Latitude continue its reign as the most delivered business jet in its class, a clear testament that our product development strategy is both resonating with customers and helping to invigorate the market,” said Scott Ernest, president and CEO. “In less than two and a half years, the Latitude is on track to become a billion-dollar business, making it one of the most successful and sought after aircraft on the market. As the Latitude continues to gain traction with customers across the globe, its success is paving the way for the super midsize Citation Longitude.” Since its entry into service in 2015, the Citation Latitude has redefined the expectations of a midsize business jet, delivering large-cabin comfort and best-in-class operating costs. Today, the aircraft is certified in 43 countries, and the global fleet of 112 aircraft has surpassed 65,000 flight hours. Throughout […]
Feb. 6, 2018 – Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, is debuting its newest and largest aircraft to date to the Asia-Pacific market – the flagship, super-midsize Cessna Citation Longitude business jet. For the first time in the region, customers can experience first-hand the aircraft’s spacious, comfortable and whisper-quiet cabin at this week’s Singapore Airshow. “We are thrilled to showcase the Citation Longitude at the Singapore Airshow and bring this revolutionary aircraft to this market for customers to experience for themselves,” said Jessica Pruss, president, Asia Pacific Sales and Marketing. “With its segment-leading combination of cabin comfort, low operating costs, maintenance intervals, speed and range, the Citation Longitude is a superb fit for this region and is sure to be the star of the show.” With Federal Aviation Administration certification expected early this year, the Longitude’s flight test program is well underway. The program’s five test aircraft have now flown more than 800 flights while accumulating over 1,900 hours. The aircraft is being built at Textron Aviation’s headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, where the assembly line is at full-rate production. Since late 2017, the Longitude has been actively flying as part of a 46-city demo tour across the United States, highlighting the aircraft’s spacious […]
The FAA has proposed an AD involving 14,653 U.S. Cessna 172, 182, 206 and 210 models after cracks were found in the lower area of the forward cabin doorpost bulkhead. That’s where the wing strut attaches and the AD requires repetitive inspections of the area. After one owner reported finding cracks, more inspections revealed them in about 50 more aircraft. “It has been determined that the cracks result from metal fatigue,” the AD says. A list of affected aircraft is here: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-01/pdf/2018-01923.pdf The cracks appear in a somewhat tough-to-reach spot and it takes about 90 minutes to do the inspection. The FAA is going with Cessna’s recommended intervals for the inspection and they don’t start until the airframe reaches 4,000 hours. The initial inspection has to be done within a year of that milestone or after 200 hours, whichever comes first. After that, it’s every 1,000 hours. If cracks are found, the repair will cost about $3,000 and idle the plane for a few days. An earlier story didn’t clarify that the AD is proposed and that there is a comment period that ends March 19, 2018.