Cessna's Citation Mustang is making its mark across a wide
spectrum of the general aviation community. Of the over 300 orders
taken since the Mustang's introduction in September 2002, orders
are split 50-50: half the roders are non-US.
"It's really gratifying to see how broad the
appeal of this airplane is. Although we continue to learn more
about the flight experience of our Mustang customers, and how they
plan to use their airplane, our profiles reveal that they certainly
do not fit into any one specific category," said
Phil Michel, Cessna Vice President of Marketing. "As we expected,
many pilots are moving into the Mustang from single and
multi-engine aircraft, but we also have many operators who are
purchasing the Mustang as a stable mate to an existing fleet of
light, medium and large business jets. The success of the Mustang
has been due to its remarkable combination of performance
capabilities and attractive price."
What's it Like?
The Mustang will be certified as a FAR Part 23 aircraft, with a
cruise speed of 340 knots, and maximum operating altitude of 41,000
feet. It will be powered by the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW615F
engine and will be controlled by a dual-channel FADEC. Each PW615F
engine will provide 1,350lbs of thrust flat rated to ISA+10*C.
Garmin International's new G1000 integrated glass cockpit will
provide operators with enhanced situational awareness. The G1000
will include three glass displays, two 10-inch PFDs, with a 15-inch
MFD at the heart of the panel.
EBACE Orders Encouraging
Cessna Aircraft Company has received orders for
five Citation Mustangs from MAC Aviation, s.a. The fleet of
Mustangs will provide corporate, charter and organ transplant
services within Spain, Europe, and northern Africa.
Based in Zaragoza, Spain, MAC Aviation was founded in 1985 and
is Spain's first air-taxi service company. In addition to JAR-OPS1
air-taxi and charter services, MAC Aviation provides aircraft
handling and maintenance, JAR-FCL flight training, and special
missions. It is owned by the PROYEX group, one of the largest
privately-owned quality assurance groups in Spain.
Mr. Octavio Pérez, CEO of MAC Aviation, chose the Mustang
light jet. "The Mustang is the kind of
plane that perfectly fits the average light jet flight in Europe.
We anticipate our typical mission to be two persons and 1.5 flight
hours. The Mustang builds upon the Citations' long-established
reputation for reliability, low cost of operation, ease of crew
training, and maintenance assurance -- no other airplane
manufacturer can offer this to an European operator. In addition to
the aspects of the financial operation, the Mustang is the perfect
tool for the kind of services we currently offer, where safety,
reliability and customer satisfaction is our goal."
Certification is expected in mid-2006 with first customer
deliveries in the fourth quarter 2006.