Mon, Dec 15, 2008
It's getting harder and harder to come up with the scratch for a
new airplane these days... especially for those of us hankering for
new airplane capabilities like glass panels and other high-tech
accoutrements. Then again; there's the retrofit game... and at AOPA
Expo 2008, it was in full swing. One of the more significant
announcements to come from the expo didn't come from aerospace
giants Cessna or Cirrus... but from the comparatively diminutive
Crownair Companies, a new aviation maintenance and avionics
provider in the Southwest United States.
The company displayed its first Crownair "Centurion Edition"
Cessna T210 during the upcoming show in San Jose, CA, November 6
through 8. The package is aimed at breathing new life into the
popular, though aging, fleet of Cessna 210s. From spinner to tail
cone, the upgraded 1977 aircraft features all new and
state-of-the-art amenities including a glass cockpit with
Electronic Flight Instrument System, new classic blue paint scheme,
RAM engine, tinted glass, wingtips with recognition lights, Super
Quiet cabin soundproofing and gray leather seats with sheepskin
The Crownair "Centurion Edition" T210 will compete with new
manufactured aircraft by offering more payload, faster speeds and
more range. The Centurion was in production from 1957 to 1985 and
approximately 9,240 were manufactured.
"Centurion owners and pilots own a piece of history, but that
doesn’t mean the plane shouldn’t have modern technology
and comforts. The Crownair "Centurion Edition" is the first all
glass cockpit in a Centurion T210 in the world," says Grant Murray,
owner of Crownair. "We understand the dedicated owners and
enthusiasts who fly Centurions, and our goal is to make their
flying experience first class."
Crownair was formed this year in San Diego, CA. Production on
the Crownair "Centurion Edition" T210 will be done on an as-ordered
basis and takes approximately two to three months.
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