Wed, Oct 08, 2008
Independence Plant Capable Of Producing 150 Planes Per
Cessna announced at NBAA 2008 this week the planemaker will
achieve its planned full-rate production level on the Citation
Mustang sometime this month.
Once full-rate production is achieved, Cessna will average three
Mustangs rolling off the production line each week at its
Independence, KS manufacturing facility. At full rate, employees on
the Mustang line are scheduled to deliver 150 entry-level business
jets per year starting in 2009.
"Not only have we met our goal on production, our Independence
workforce is doing it with Cessna's usual high quality," said Ron
Alberti, Cessna senior vice president, Integrated Supply Chain.
"We've really pioneered integration of the Textron Production
System, based on well-known Lean principles, resulting in high
quality and efficient production. It's fairly common now for us to
deliver a squawk-free airplane."
The Citation Mustang, along with the entire line of Citation
business jets, is on display this week at the National Business
Aviation Association Meeting and Convention. The current fleet of
Citation Mustangs totals roughly 115 aircraft that have accumulated
more than 19,000 flight hours, and the high-time aircraft has
logged more than 500 hours.
The six-place Citation Mustang has a top speed of 340 knots, a
range of 1,150 nautical miles with NBAA IFR Reserves and a service
ceiling of 41,000 feet. The aircraft features a Garmin G1000 system
that includes two 10-inch primary flight displays, one 15-inch
multi-function display and the integrated GFC700 dual-channel, fail
passive, digital autopilot.
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