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MANDATORY T-TAIL INSPECTIONS FOR KING AIRS

December 23, 2011

All King Airs need to have inspection panels installed by May 2012 (some models have an extension to November 2012), pursuant to a Recommended Service Bulletin 55-3835 and recent revisions to the maintenance manuals. The purpose is to be able to inspect certain areas of the T-tail for corrosion and wear. Some aircraft from 2006 and newer are already in compliance.
Give C&J Aviation a call if you need more information.

NEW MODIFICATIONS TO HAWKER 400XP AND BEECHJET 400A

December 23, 2011

Nextant Aerospace (an affiliate of Flight Options) recently certified its modifications to Hawker's Beechjet 400A by installing the new Williams FJ44-3AP engines and Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite, among other improvements. This amazing modification improves the rant by 50% and reduces the operating costs by 30%.

The Beechjet has already demonstrated its reliability, ease of maintenance and sturdiness of airframe, but these modifications make a strong case for giving the Beechjet a second look if you're considering buying a CJ3, CJ4, Phenom 300 or other Citations. The purchase price is nearly half of some competitors.

Evidently, Hawker Beechcraft took notice of these modifications and they are now offering a modification they call the Hawker 400XPR. The Hawker 400XPR offers improved range and airfield performance, while reducing noise footprint and emissions by replacing their existing Pratt & Whitney Canada PW308A engines with new Williams International FJ44-4A-32 dual FADEC high-bypass turbofans, The upgrade also includes the installation of winglets and an optional modernized flight deck.
For more information on these new modifications, give C&J Aviation a call.

PRE-PURCHASE DISCOVERY: MUSTANG ENGINE COATING ISSUES

December 23, 2011

C&J Aviation recently represented a client in the acquisition of a Citation Mustang, and during the pre-purchase borescope, inspectors found erosion of the coating on the blades. Even though the engines were on an engine plan, Pratt & Whitney said that the blades were airworthy and would not repair the coating. This is an important item to watch for in a pre-buy. The technical advisors blamed the erosion on flying in stitley environments (up and down the Florida coast) without doing regular compressor washes.
For more details, please contact C&J Aviation.

CESSNA INTRODUCES TWO NEW MODELS: THE CITATION M2 & LATITUDE

December 23, 2011

In September 2011, Cessna announced it is launching the Citation M2, a stretched Citation Mustang that will hold 2 more passengers and cruise 40 knots faster, with a range of 1,300 nm. Price should be around $4.2 million.

The following month, Cessna announced the launch of the new Citation Latitude, a mid-size business jet with room for up to 8 passengers and a range of 2000 nm. The aircraft is priced at around $15 million. It will cruise at 440 knots and will have a stand-up cabin. It is a clean sheet design and incorporates the widest cabin of any jet built by Cessna, a whopping 77″(6.41 ft.).