Mon, May 21, 2007
Awarded At EBACE 2007
What a way to kick off a major aviation exposition. On Monday --
the day before the start of the European Business Aviation
Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva -- Cessna celebrated
the announcement its Citation Mustang very-light jet has achieved
European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification. The Mustang
is the first new-generation entry level business jet to be
certified in Europe.
"The Citation Mustang has met or exceeded every performance
objective established when we announced the program in 2002," said
Cessna's Chairman, President and CEO Jack J. Pelton. "The Mustang
is proving its capability in the United States where several
owner-operators are currently flying their new airplanes. We're
looking forward to starting deliveries of the Mustang in Europe
later this summer."
Cessna reports the six-place Mustang has a top speed of 340 ktas
(nearly 400 miles per hour/644 kilometers per hour), a range of
1,150 nautical miles (1,323 statute miles/2,130 km - NBAA IFR
Reserves) and a service ceiling of 12,500 m (41,000 feet).
As ANN reported, the Citation
Mustang earned FAA certification last September, followed by the
receipt of its production certificate in November 2006. After
delivering the first two production Mustangs to dealers to be used
as demonstration aircraft, Cessna delivered the first customer
bird, the third production plane off the line, in April.
Cessna plans to deliver 40 Citation Mustangs in 2007, with
production ramping up to about 150 aircraft per year by the end of
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