Pilot Journal
Thursday, May 1, 2008

May/June 2008 On The Radar


on the radarIn early February 2008, Cessna finally admitted its big, big secret: The Model 850 will indeed go into production. Named “Columbus,” the largest-ever Citation was teased at NBAA in late 2006, refined for 2007 and slated for customer delivery in 2014.
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cessnaThe Cessna Citation Columbus
In early February 2008, Cessna finally admitted its big, big secret: The Model 850 will indeed go into production. Named “Columbus,” the largest-ever Citation was teased at NBAA in late 2006, refined for 2007 and slated for customer delivery in 2014.

With configurations for up to 10 passengers (plus two pilots), the flight systems will include conventional hydraulics and a Parker Aerospace “hybrid fly-by-wire” system for enhanced safety, redundancy, dispatch availability, handling and ease of control inputs. Some weight savings over conventional systems are also anticipated.

cessnaWith a cabin length of more than 36 feet (including baggage) and a stand-up height above 73 inches, the Columbus is, by far, the largest Cessna ever. Cessna expects class-leading performance figures that include a 4,000 nm range at Mach 0.80, a 488-knot cruise speed and a maximum of Mach 0.86. Takeoff at max weight will be around 5,400 feet; payload with full fuel is targeted at 1,950 pounds.

This performance will result from two next-generation Pratt & Whitney PW810 engines (8,830-pounds of thrust), and the pilots will know what’s going on courtesy of the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion advanced avionics system. For more, visit www.columbus.cessna.com.

on the radarHawker 900XP Earns EASA, Additional Certifications
Hawker’s newest, the 900XP, achieved its FAA certification in August 2007; by March 2008, it had also received its blessing from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Australia, Aruba, the Czech Republic, Macau, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

Similar dimensionally and in payload to the midsized 850XP, the 900XP has Honeywell’s new TFE731-50R engines and Hawker Beechcraft’s enhanced winglets. Takeoff and cruise realize performance enhancements thanks to the engines’ extra thrust (in high/hot conditions), and efficiency is improved with a demonstrated 9% increase in high-speed cruise range.

Further operational gains come from 5% lower overall fuel burn, vastly improved (almost 50%) compressor-zone inspection intervals and nearly 10% lower maintenance costs (for MSP-enrolled engines). Learn more at www.hawkerbeechcraft.com.

on the radarL’Hélicoptère Par Hermès: Helo As High-Class Accessory
Usually, you get luggage to match your company’s elegant helicopter; with Eurocopter’s EC-135 “L’Hélicoptère par Hermès,” it’s the other way around. Shown at NBAA last fall, the ultraelegant (but mechanically near-standard) light twin-turbine EC-135 is clothed inside with a Hermès Gainier fabric called Toile H, a trademark off-white canvas seen on the company’s high-line luggage. The project was assigned to freelance designer Gabriele Pezzini, who “knows and shares Hermès’ values,” according to François Taverne, Chairman of Hermès Gainier.

The resulting machine is breathtaking in its beauty, and its function has also been enhanced at the margins. The seats (a rear bench replaces the standard buckets) and controls are covered in supple calfskin. Additionally, the landing skids have a new design that allows passengers to emplane and alight with more grace; and the new door handles won’t break your nails or offend your eyes. Those of the eligible class already know such things as price, color choices and availability. Find out more at www.eurocopter.com.





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