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Saturday, March 1, 2008

March 2008 Readback


readbackWith an auction bid of $26.4 million on November 28, 2007, Cessna Aircraft finalized its purchase of select assets of Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Company, which had declared bankruptcy. The Bend, Ore., factory will now carry the Cessna name and the Columbia low-wing, high-performance, all-composite, single-engine aircraft will be branded as the Cessna 350 and the Cessna 400. Cessna Parts Distribution and the company’s network of authorized dealers and service centers have already begun plans to integrate sales and support of the new Cessna 350 and Cessna 400 aircraft.
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cessnaCessna Purchases Columbia
With an auction bid of $26.4 million on November 28, 2007, Cessna Aircraft finalized its purchase of select assets of Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Company, which had declared bankruptcy. The Bend, Ore., factory will now carry the Cessna name and the Columbia low-wing, high-performance, all-composite, single-engine aircraft will be branded as the Cessna 350 and the Cessna 400. Cessna Parts Distribution and the company’s network of authorized dealers and service centers have already begun plans to integrate sales and support of the new Cessna 350 and Cessna 400 aircraft.

“This is a significant day, as it brings together two top aircraft design and production companies to offer the global general aviation community the widest range of propeller aircraft, along with world-class product support, all under the Cessna brand,” said Cessna CEO Jack Pelton. “I would like to thank the 400-plus Columbia employees for their continued hard work and dedication during the bankruptcy process. We look forward to welcoming them to the Cessna family. We plan to make significant investments in Bend, in people and operations, to bolster customer satisfaction and business profitability.” To learn more, visit www.cessna.com.

Elite Technology
Florida Flight Training ordered an Elite iGate G502 Advanced ATD to supplement its flight-training with Cessna, Piper, Mooney and Robinson R22 aircraft. Students can train on advanced avionics, including HSIs, RMIs, flight directors and GPS units. The instructor’s station has print and record capabilities, as well as failure modes and weather modeling. Learn more at www.flyelite.com.

More Scholarships
Flight Training Services International (FTSI) has made a donation of $125,000 to the nonprofit organization, Careers in Aviation. The funds will be used toward annual scholarships for students to complete their aviation education. “Our company has deep roots in aviation, and we look forward to helping further the industry that we all know is in great need of assistance,” said FTSI CEO Shawn Raker. Scholarship applications are available at www.careersinaviation.org.

readbackICAS Bids Red Barons A Sad Farewell
Four hundred exhibitors and 1,500 attendees were at the International Convention of Air Shows (ICAS) meeting in December 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada, where more than $40,000 was raised for scholarships and other programs. Sean Tucker, Jimmy Driskell, Jimmy Franklin and Danny Clisham were inducted into the Air Show Hall of Fame; Kent Pietsch received the Art Scholl Memorial Award; and both the Blue Angels and Rob Reider were given the Sword of Excellence Award. Respects were also given to the recently retired Red Baron Stearman Squadron. Visit www.icashq.org and www.icasfoundation.org.

SR20-G3
Cirrus has announced the 2008 SR20 Generation Three. “For 10 years, the SR20 has won a loyal following of satisfied pilots,” said Cirrus CEO Alan Klapmeier. “And now, this airplane will satisfy the needs of a whole new generation of pilots.” The new model has a reengineered, larger wing that’s designed with a new carbon-fiber spar to reduce aircraft weight and improve strength-to-weight ratio. Get all the details at www.cirrusdesign.com.




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