Independence, KS - April 24, 2007 - Cessna
Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, yesterday
delivered the first retail Citation Mustang business jet to Dave and
Dawn Goode of GOODE Ski Technologies.
This is the third production Mustang delivered from Independence.
The first two are being used by Cessna as marketing demonstration
"We are proud to be the owners of the first retail Mustang and
excited about putting it into service," said David Goode, president
and founder of GOODE Ski Technologies. "We have a great deal of
confidence in this aircraft because it represents the best of what
Cessna has to offer, including an extensive support network to stand
Former U.S. Ski Team member, Dave Goode, founded GOODE Ski
Technologies in 1975. After 15 years of manufacturing and marketing
ski accessories, Goode developed and produced the snow ski industry's
first carbon fiber ski. Goode also patented the first carbon fiber
water ski. Today, GOODE is the world leader in carbon composite ski
poles, snow skis and water skis.
"We plan to fly our Mustang to extreme ski locations to test out
our newest line of snow skis," Goode said. "Having short field
capability will allow us to land at smaller, remote airports near some
of the best ski resorts in the world."
Goode currently operates a Cessna 310 twin-engine piston aircraft.
He completed his single-pilot Citation Mustang type rating on March 1,
becoming the first customer to be rated in the aircraft.
Full type certification for the Citation Mustang was awarded by
the Federal Aviation Administration September 8, 2006, making it the
first of a new category of entry-level jets to win type certification
from the FAA. Cessna plans to deliver 40 Citation Mustangs in 2007,
with production ramping up to about 150 aircraft by the end of 2009.
The six-place Citation Mustang has a top speed of 340 ktas (nearly
400 miles per hour), a range of 1,150 nautical miles (1,323 statute
miles/2,130 km - NBAA IFR Reserves) and a service ceiling of 41,000
feet (12,500 m) - well suited for getting above most weather and
commercial traffic for more efficient operations.
Based on unit sales, Cessna Aircraft Company is the world's
largest manufacturer of general aviation airplanes. In 2006, Cessna
delivered 1,239 aircraft, including 307 Citation business jets, and
reported revenues of about $4.2 billion and a backlog of $8.5 billion.
Since the company was originally established in 1927, more than
189,000 Cessna airplanes have been delivered to nearly every country
in the world. The global fleet of almost 5,000 Citations is the
largest fleet of business jets in the world. More information about
Cessna Aircraft Company is available at www.cessna.com.
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