The third aircraft in the Cessna Citation Longitude flight test program recently completed its first flight. Test pilots Corey Eckhart and UJ Pesonen, along with flight test engineer Mike Bradfield, successfully tested various systems throughout the one-hour and 40-minute flight. The aircraft will be used in the program for avionics and systems development, as well as collecting flight simulator data.
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that its Bell 505 Jet Ranger X has been certified by the Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA).
Unveiled in 2013, the new, five-seat helicopter went from concept to a successful first flight in 20 months. Since then, the aircraft has flown more than 1,000 flight hours and undergone rigorous activities to ensure customers have superior handling qualities and payload performance.
Aviat Aircraft Inc has released a Mandatory Service Bulletin which affects all Husky A-1C-180 & A-1C-200 aircraft. This Service Bulletin was released to verify proper operation of the Rapco fuel vent check valve P/N RA1798-00-1. This Service Bulletin requires immediate action prior to next flight and prior to each flight thereafter. http://aviataircraft.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/hsb33.pdf
Cessna has begun to transition their technical Publications portal from Cescom to the new and improved 1View portal. 1View includes technical publications, data and documents for all three Textron Aviation brands Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker. The site houses an all-new web-based viewer that combines the best functionality of the well-known Cesview and IML libraries, with many new and improved features. The web-based viewer also includes flight information alongside the maintenance and parts documents. An extensive, searchable Service Information library is available at no charge to provide the latest information for your airplane. Cessna plans to discontinue Cesview in the coming weeks so hurry and register for 1View. http://bit.ly/2jLkoCZ
Kenyan Defense Force takes delivery of five Bell Huey II rotorcraft. The helicopters will be used to assist with counter terrorism operations in the region and assist troops who are part of the African Union mission. The Bell Huey II is an upgraded version of the popular Bell UH-1H medium-lift helicopter. The upgrade kit uses refurbished zero-timed airframes together with upgraded engines, drive train, avionics and rotors. The upgrades provide significant advancements over the standard UH-1H platform including improved hovering capabilities and longer TBO intervals for time sensitive components. The helicopter can be configured for a variety of missions including disaster response, firefighting, military support, cargo, special ops and search and rescue. US ambassador Robert Godec said “Kenya has made good progress strengthening security and The US welcomes the efforts Kenya is making”. We are looking forward to seeing these machines in action.
WICHITA, Kan. (Jan. 30, 2017) – Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced it is celebrating the 45th anniversary of the first Cessna Citation delivery. The first Citation jet, a Cessna Citation 500, was delivered to American Airlines in January 1972, where it was used for the development of the company’s training program. Since then, the Citation series has become the most popular line of business jets ever produced with more than 7,000 delivered to customers around the world. The worldwide fleet has amassed nearly 35 million flight hours. “This milestone marking 45 years of industry leadership is really a celebration of the thousands of people through the years – customers and employees – who have made the Citation line of business jets the world leader,” said Kriya Shortt, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing. “In terms of customer satisfaction, aircraft value and performance, precision design, production quality and lifecycle customer support, nothing comes close to what the Cessna Citation family offers the global marketplace.” Citation jets are renowned for their ability to combine reliability, efficiency and comfort with advanced technology and class-leading performance. This unique combination of features has resulted in a level of unparalleled quality Citation […]