Category Archives: Industry News

Former Beech and Cessna chief dies at 91

As an engineer, Max Bleck has always been fascinated with machines and this passion brought him places including the seat of the president in the four biggest aircraft manufacturing companies in the world – Beech, Cessna, Piper Aircraft and Raytheon Co. With nearly fifty years on his sleeve in the aircraft industry, Black was the most sought-after leader- trusted by his peers, respected by his companions, and acknowledged by the industry. In 1961, Bleck began his journey as a chief engineer for Cessna’s Wallace division and climbed his way up until he was named vice president for operations. Because of his...

Beechcraft Baron G58 continues to impress aviation experts

Over it’s nearly 60 year history in the aviation industry, the Beechraft Baron G58 has consistently impressed aircraft experts and pilots alike with it’s performance and dependability. And with it’s new cabin configuration the Baron can now comfortably seat six passengers in club seating, an improvement from the Baron’s previous configuration which only accommodated four or five passengers. While only the normally aspirated G58 is available for purchase today, the owners of Beechcraft at Textron Aviation report that a total of 2,485 normally aspirated Model 58’s have been produced since 1969, with another nearly 650 airframes that were produced being split...

Aviation students get Cessna plane to work on

Cessna aircraft utilized by students in aviation mechanics program for hands-on learning Aircraft enthusiasts and pilots often wonder how the mechanics who are responsible for maintaining their aircraft acquire the training and knowledge that it takes for one to be able to work on such huge machines. And last month for pupils at the Houston County Career Academy, the way these future mechanics were preparing for the job involved disassembling the parts of a Cessna 150 in order to learn their placement and be able to correctly identify them. Thanks to a temporary loan from the Alabama Aviation College of...

Textron Aviation Stops Cessna TTx Production

American airplane manufacturer Textron Aviation ceased the production of the Cessna 400, also known as Cessna TTx, flyingmag.com reports. The aircraft has since been taken down from the website, and is no longer available for purchase. The Cessna TTx started in 2004, birthed by Columbia Aircraft as the Columbia 400, then renamed and sold to the market as Cessna TTx Model T240. Flying Magazine reports that sales for the TTx has allegedly been lackluster, despite introducing several improvements to match its closest single-piston competitor, the Cirrus SR22. Despite letting the TTx fall off production, Textron Aviation plans to expand its workforce, as...

Business Aviation Index reveals 2017 was a Strong Year for Flight Activity

Good news for the business aviation industry, not to mention the American economy in general, was just released this month by the Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), the leading provider of independent maintenance support and financial services to businesses in the aviation community. (Record Year-End for Business Aviation Flight Activity). The JSSI Business Aviation Index keeps track of all the global flight activity as well as the utilization of business aircraft worldwide (which includes jets, turboprops and helicopters), and issues quarterly reports on the average flight hours that have been tracked. In the Business Aviation Index provided by JSSI...

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