A hail storm of mismanagement downs a good airplane

Cessna 400, Corvalis TTx, Cessna TTx
In flight Cessna 400, Corvalis TTx, Cessna TTx

Textron has confirmed production termination of the Cessna TTx. The stoppage occurred after a decade long run up attempt. Only 23 planes were shipped in 2017. Slow sales stalled out cash flow.

The beginning of the end struck in 2006, when a hail storm damaged 60 airplanes on the factory ramp in Bend Oregon. The weather related impairment sealed Columbia Aircraft’s departure – they filed for bankruptcy. Why were so many planes awaiting customer delivery?

Cessna purchased the design in 2007. Continue reading “A hail storm of mismanagement downs a good airplane”

How many Vision SF50 jets has Cirrus Aircraft shipped?

2018 Cirrus Vision SF50 Personal Jet, photo credit wikiWings
2018 Cirrus Vision SF50 Personal Jet, photo credit wikiWings

How many Vision SF50 jets has Cirrus Aircraft shipped?

In 2017, they shipped 22 Vision SF50 jets.  In 2016, Cirrus delivered just 3 jets. The Vision SF50 was not certified for customer deliveries until October 2016. Continue reading “How many Vision SF50 jets has Cirrus Aircraft shipped?”

Cirrus SR22-G2 non-GTS, That was then, This is now

Cirrus produced about 1,661 SR22-G2 airplanes between 2004 and spring 2007 (serial numbers 22-0821 to 22-2437). The acronym GTS was introduced by Cirrus to designate a “fully option loaded” airplane, and sold for about $100,000 more than the base model. But that was then and this is now. Continue reading “Cirrus SR22-G2 non-GTS, That was then, This is now”