Returning to the light

Cessna has had more troubles than most aircraft manufacturers, with demand for its previously top-selling Citation light and light-medium jets decimated after the global downturn. In the 23 July issue of Flight International, Mike Gerzanics finds out that the Wichita company could be back in business with its M2, its Garmin G3000-equipped latest light jet. He took it for a ride over Kansas.

Elsewhere in the issue, we look at the market for personal aircraft ahead of the world’s most popular air show – in terms of attendance at least – AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Two start-ups are developing single-engine turboprops. Can Epic and Kestrel inject new life into a stagnant aviation segment? And what of Eclipse? The emergence of the EA550 is a lot lower key than the massively hyped EA500, great hope of Vern Raburn’s defunct Eclipse Aviation. Can it quietly win favour among private flyers?

In the news section, Greg Waldron examines India’s chances of joining the league of airliner-manufacturing nations. It has ambitions to build its own domestic regional turboprop, but breaking into a market with traditionally enormous barriers to entry will be incredibly difficult.

Also Sukhoi Civil Aircraft is dismissing talk of financial troubles as its Superjet slowly goes into service with airlines around the world. We also document the prospect for Italy’s continuing Lockheed Martin F-35 programme participation after the country’s MPs voted against continuing buying the fighters.

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