2 ND Q U A R T E R
IN THIS ISSUE:
Civil Air Patrol
Tips for Longer Battery Life
Piston Engine Information, Updates and More
WELCOME FROM CESSNA
Independence Operations, Cessna Aircraft
1 MESSAGE FROM expert doing the job “buys” off on the work. This
approach minimizes overhead expenses and encour-
7 IMPROVED IGNITION ages team member accountability for their work.
EXCITER FOR CARAVAN
CESSNA PRODUCTS BUILT BY THE
in every ISSUE
Managing our inventory like never before.
TEAM IN INDEPENDENCE, KANSAS By carefully managing all phases of inventory,
I am always excited to have the opportunity to “sleeping assets” and the dollars they represent can
promote the Cessna products built by team members be used for things like new product development.
in Independence, Kansas, and what better way to do
that than provide the welcoming comments for this Challenging the amount of time it takes to build
issue of Direct Approach. As an aviation enthusiast, I our planes. Encouraging significant year-over-year
10 TIPS FOR LONGER must have the best job in the world……building and improvement in productivity and the number of days
2 CUSTOMER SPOTLIGHT: BATTERY LIFE flying Cessna products. In my spare time I restore it takes to build each model, will result in a more
CIVIL AIR PATROL vintage Cessna’s and currently own a 1953 180. robust business that can bring higher-quality
I admit my skills as a weekend mechanic products to our customers faster.
nowhere matches the craftsmanship of the people
who build our products. In the next few weeks, we will be celebrating our
10,000th aircraft delivery of an Independence built
Great things are happening at Independence. In my airplane. This milestone, along with our recent
18 G1000 SOFTWARE
career at Cessna, the level of enthusiasm for our
products and our future has never been higher.
delivery of our 9,500th single engine high wing and
400th Mustang, has made 2012 a good year. We are
12 PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: RELEASE
Through the integration of the business teams we are very proud of the fact that we are re-assembling the
CORVALIS TTX® model 162 Skycatcher and will soon be delivering
learning how to strengthen our financial performance
by understanding what products and services make the the Corvalis TTX.
best use of our resources and provide the best value to
THE DIRECT APPROACH FOR PROPELLER IS our customer. In operation for 15 plus years, Cessna Independence
PUBLISHED QUARTERLY BY THE CESSNA is ready, willing and able to accept the challenge to
CUSTOMER SERVICE ORGANIZATION.
COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS ARE WELCOMED. What are we doing to make the business better at continuously improve our processes and products,
Independence? to build new products and to enhance the aircraft
PLEASE ADDRESS YOUR COMMENTS TO MITZIE HALL
24 ASK THE EXPERTS 316-517-4237 email@example.com
Addressing quality through Integrated Quality. we build today.
Quality team members in Independence are
EDITOR: TOM RONNAU assuming more ownership in the products they build
316-517-1167 firstname.lastname@example.org through the Integrated Quality program, whereby the Terry Clark
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Civil Air Patrol - VALUABLE VOLUNTEERS IN ACTION Col. Joe Smith, Southwest
Region deputy chief of staff for
SEARCH, RESCUE AND
operations and former Texas
Downed aircraft, lost hikers,
and Oklahoma wing command-
hunters and Alzheimer’s
er, also met his wife in CAP, and
patients. Hurricanes, floods and
their daughter commands the
oil spills. All come under CAP’s
Wichita Falls, Texas, squadron.
highest profile mission:
“We are a CAP family, just
like we were an Air Force
Serving at squadrons nation-
family when I was in the
wide, CAP aircraft are ready for
The Michigan Wing of Civil Air military,” says Smith, who now
“Cessna’s high-wing dispatch where needed. The call
Patrol signed on a valuable works for Boeing Co. out of
design and advanced comes through the Air Force’s
member back in 1985. Since Sheppard Air Force Base.
cockpit fulfill CAP’s Rescue Coordination Center
then, she’s put in 7,800 hours mission requirements for in Florida or CAP’s operations
aloft, introduced thousands of RIGHT AIRCRAFT FOR THE JOB
visibility and situational center at Maxwell. The request
cadets to aviation and taught is then forwarded to designated
CAP has flown Cessnas since awareness. ”
hundreds of CAP members operations officers, who call out
how to fly. Cessna 182 operated by Ohio State Patrol the beginning, but for decades -Major General Chuck Carr volunteers who take to the air or
depended on hand-me-downs
search on the ground.
“She still flies level and true,” from the Air Force and others,
Col. Leo Burke, Michigan Wing says Brig. Gen. Joe Vazquez,
The Michigan Wing has four 182s
commander, says of that key national vice commander. Only “Our flying mission is cadets and
and five 172s based from the Ohio
member, a Cessna 172P. “It’s in the 1980s did CAP become search and rescue,” Smith says.
border to the Upper Peninsula.
the airplane that we can’t kill,” well funded enough for a steady “There is no better airplane to
Burke says searches can be both
he adds, noting the wing has plane-buying program. teach them to fly than a high-
trying and satisfying emotionally.
four 1985 Cessnas with 6,800 to wing Cessna. It’s stable and
7,800 hours. Since Cessna resumed forgiving.” P L E A SE SE E N E X T PAG E
All photos courtesy of Civil Air Patrol propeller aircraft production in
Civil Air Patrol, the official the 1990s, CAP has added 220
auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, volunteers are a valuable bus drivers, and people from Skyhawks, Skylanes and
is one of Cessna’s largest asset that performs searches, countless other vocations. Many Stationairs, says Maj. Gen.
customers, with 525 of its 550 aerial reconnaissance and are retirees – a valuable group Chuck Carr, national com-
aircraft being Cessnas. It’s a other services for less cost with the flexibility for weekday mander. The patrol recently
relationship dating to the CAP’s than the military can. as well as weekend missions. ordered two Stationairs and 17
beginnings in 1941, when it was They’re not only pilots but Skylanes.
created to protect American THE PEOPLE ON PATROL logistics, public information,
coastlines just days before the supply, leadership and operations Carr says, “The Garmin G1000
U.S. entered World War II. Across the country, more than officers, a structure mirroring the system is useful during search
61,000 adults and cadets serve in Air Force’s. Rank advancement and rescue and disaster relief
Wartime volunteers flew over 1,500 squadrons, with each comes through service and missions, because it provides
500,000 hours, rescued downed state plus Puerto Rico and the training. pilots and crews accurate
pilots and sank two enemy District Columbia being a wing. information about location,
submarines. In the decades Funding comes from Congress, “They want to support America terrain, weather and aircraft
since, the federal government states and donations, and except and do good things for their com- function. Cessna’s 182 and 206
has given CAP three missions: for a small staff at Maxwell Air munity, and it’s a great opportu- models are highly adaptable
aerospace education, cadet Force Base in Alabama, virtually nity to do that,” says Burke, an IT and can accommodate a variety
programs and emergency everyone is a volunteer. director who joined as a cadet in of special equipment and
services. Post 9/11, it’s 1980 and met his spouse in CAP. sensors.”
increasingly helped with CAP members consist of
military training. CAP students, teachers, engineers, PLE A S E S E E N E X T PAG E
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training for educators, including Each summer at Cessna’s
“The ugly memories were when I orientation flights. Schools have Independence factory,
had to call a family and say, ‘I’m adopted their textbooks, and CAP cadets learn the nuts, bolts
sorry we couldn’t find them,’ ” developed Science, Technology, and rivets of aircraft
he says. A search last summer Engineering and Math (STEM) production through a
ended much better, with the national curricula for
kindergarten through college.
program in which hundreds
spotting of two hikers lost for 48
hours on the Upper Peninsula. apply and about 20 are
“These people would not be here, The cadet programs are inter- selected. “They come out
their daughter would be an twined with aerospace education. and we assign them
orphan, if not for what our Serving more than 26,500 cadets mentors,” says Terry Clark,
volunteers did that weekend.” ages 12 to 20, the program general manager at the
teaches leadership, aerospace,
plant. “They get to work on
Disasters bring the CAP out in fitness and character develop-
numbers. In recent years, ment. “We are a youth program the production line with the
volunteers from near and far that is more heavily accented mentors and help build
worked floods in the Midwest, toward leadership,” Vazquez says. airplanes.”
hurricanes, and the oil spill in
the Gulf. Cadets progress as they learn
about aviation, space and end up, whether in the military, “We keep kids off the street and
Over three months in 2010, technology. They take orientation in government or in business.” teach them to stay in school,
50-plus CAP aircraft flew over flights in powered aircraft and be a good person and be a good
1,000 missions totaling nearly gliders, study model rocketry The success of the national citizen,” says Smith, sharing his
2,400 flight hours during the “If we are not doing it, it’s is ready to take its place on the and attend summer camps. cadet program is measurable, colleague Virginia Keller’s
Deepwater Horizon spill. Crews going to be the Coast Guard, or line. A customized radio suite providing about 10 percent of conviction that, “with our search
from across the country rotated the Army with helicopters, or and other special equipment “I learned a lot about leadership each U.S. Air Force Academy and rescue mission, we save
in to perform reconnaissance, the Air Force with their jets,” have been installed. Special and those skills translated into class. In addition, cadets who’ve about 100 lives on a yearly
taking aerial photos that helped Vazquez says. “It’s going to cost search and rescue software has every job that I’ve held,” Burke attained a certain level can enter basis, and we probably save
track the oil spill and progress 10 times as much for them to been added to the G1000 says. “The cadet review boards most service branches at a that many lives in our cadet
containing it. do it. We are freeing the military avionics. And the plane has were more difficult than any job higher pay grade. Success comes program on a daily basis.”
to do other things, and we save been outfitted in CAP red, interview I had. The goal is for in more basic ways, too.
When Hurricane Ike hit Texas in the taxpayers millions.” white and blue. them to be leaders wherever they
2008, CAP crews took 40,000
photos and made maps of PROVIDING NEEDED TOOLS “One of the best parts is the
damage for the state of Texas AND TRAINING factory training at Indepen-
and FEMA. dence,” Smith says. “Everyone
When CAP picks up a Cessna who comes out says it’s the best
from the factory, the aircraft training they’ve ever received,
including Air Force pilots.”
AEROSPACE TRAINING AND
Teaching the public about avia-
tion was a goal starting in the
1940s, and has been updated for
the space age and beyond.
CAP supplies lesson plans,
classroom materials, and
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LONGER BATTERY LIFE McCauley Selling Direct
IN AIRCRAFT THAT SIT MCCAULEY PROPELLER SYSTEMS,
FOR MORE THAN ONE (MCCAULEY) UNDER NEW LEADERSHIP,
WEEK AT A TIME, THE ANNOUNCED AT SUN ‘N FUN THEY WILL
BATTERY WILL TEND TO ENTER INTO RETAIL SALES.
SELF-DISCHARGE DUE RG24-16
TO INACTIVITY. This means customers now have the option of
purchasing propellers and products directly from
Just like the muscles in your McCauley, the original equipment manufacturer,
body – if you do not use them, or through a McCauley Authorized Service
you lose them. Concorde highly Facility.
recommends that the battery be
maintained with a charger that Brad White, McCauley’s Business Leader, stated,
is voltage regulated with tem- “After analyzing the general aviation market and
perature compensation, like the economic trends, McCauley has decided to
BatteryMINDER. Or, if the aircraft expand our current distribution strategy into
is parked outside, with a solar RG24-15M
RG-380E/44 retail sales.” Domestic or international
charger. For maximum life and customers may call 1-800-621-7767 to place
performance, these maintainers orders directly with McCauley. White went on to
should be on 24/7, keeping the operator, to install a Concorde Erroneously, some pilots believe comment that, “In today’s world with improved
battery in a ready state of charge. Battery into your unpressur- that higher capacity batteries may freight and logistical services, there is no reason
ized Cessna aircraft with just a be detrimental to the aircraft that a customer should not be able to pick up the
Sometimes, but not every time, logbook entry. Concorde Battery systems. The opposite is true. phone and order what they need directly from
modern avionics are hot wired Corporation has obtained FAA With a higher capacity battery the McCauley and have it the next day.”
directly to the battery, bypassing Parts Manufacturing Approval starter, starter contacts, and all
the Battery Master Switch. This for every Cessna battery part associated electrical equipment Historically, McCauley has operated under a All retail sales are covered by the McCauley
may cause a very small parasitic number. and avionics are taxed less distribution model in which product has only warranty. T&C’s are available on the McCauley
load. In time, though, this condi- because the systems voltage been available through the company’s web site at www.mccauley.textron.com. Orders will
tion takes a toll on small aircraft RG® VRLA-AGM BATTERIES remains higher and the amper-
Recombinant Gas (RG®) Valve Authorized Service Facility network. Moving be accepted with an approved credit card or money
batteries causing them to age draw is lower. Therefore, the forward, McCauley will continue to partner with wire transfer. Warranty will be honored based on
discharge faster than they would Regulated Lead Acid (VRLA) highest capacity battery available
Batteries or Absorbed Glass Mat their 54 worldwide service center affiliates, but the T&C’s and installation in accordance to Fed-
by simply self-discharging due to for your aircraft is the safest and now will also satisfy customer demand directly. eral Aviation Administration requirements.
temperature. Lead Acid Batteries (AGM) Batteries have almost re- provides the longest life.
placed the flooded, or vented, dry McCauley‘s intention is to ensure that customers
self-discharge at a much higher can obtain product as conveniently and quickly
rate at warm temperatures than charged batteries that need to PLATINUM® SERIES VERSUS
be activated, charged and tested STANDARD BATTERIES as possible. For more information:
in freezing temperatures. email@example.com
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Battery cables and their ring RG® Batteries have plates negative plates per cell than the customer service team to accommodate this
wrapped in electrolyte-absorbed McCauley has been designing and manufacturing high-quality
terminals are copper, and all standard battery series. Thereby, change. “We are reengineering the way we do
propellers for more than 75 years, supporting commercial, general
Concorde Batteries have AGM and packed closely together, it has lower internal resistance, business to ensure we continue to serve our aviation and defense products with propellers and supporting
copper terminals that do not with less space between the for greater cranking power and customers by delivering reliable and high qual- systems. McCauley is a division of Cessna Aircraft Company, a
corrode. Copper alloy terminals plates. The reduced electrolyte more capacity for emergency or ity products. Selling direct is only one of many Textron (NYSE: TXT) Company.
and hardware come with the weight has been replaced with essential power. changes contemplated to provide customers
battery and provide low more lead plates per cell, which with more reasons to fly McCauley propellers,”
resistance connections. means more active material and Concorde Battery has been manufacturing said White.
lower internal resistance for military and commercial TSO, FAA-PMA
and OEM certified aircraft batteries for
FAA APPROVED INSTALLATION greater cranking power, along over 30 years.
FAA Aircraft Circular AC 23-27 with more power for essential or
allows you, as the aircraft owner/ emergency requirements.
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product spotlight CESSNA PURCHASES COLUMBIA
In 2009 production moved to
Chihuahua, Mexico, where Textron
has a facility, and to Cessna’s
redesigning and controlling the
wing production so vortex
generators weren’t required,
Derived from a Lancair kit design, factory in Independence, Kansas. relocating and consolidating the
CORVALIS TTX ® the all-composite Columbia 300
was certified in 1998 and the “Mexico lays-up or puts together
oxygen system components,
improving the floor structure, and
IS FAST, 400 – basis of the TTX® – in 2003. every composite part, the fuse- using more durable paint. “We
SLEEK, Just four years later, wrestling
with bankruptcy, Columbia Aircraft
lage shell, the wing, everything,”
says Jesse Martinez, Corvalis
didn’t have to make revolutionary
changes. We got a high-quality
GRACEFUL was sold to Cessna. operations process leader. “It’s all product to start with,” Ake says.
AND FULL “We had an opening in our product
shipped to Independence and the
airplane is assembled. They add
P L E A SE SE E N E X T PAG E
OF UPGRADES line that the airplane fit into the engine and the avionics.”
below the small jet category,” says
Richard Ake, Corvalis business After taking over production, Photos from Chihuahua, Mexico facility.
What do you do with the unit team member. Cessna began making upgrades: Top left: wing assymbly area. Top right:
prime/paint room. Bottom: fuselage
fastest single-pilot piston assymbly.
aircraft in production, one
with great ramp appeal,
the latest in avionics and
a long aviation legacy
For Cessna, the answer was resume in December, and the
clear: Make the Corvalis even airplane is sold into the third
better. As production resumes, quarter of next year. Starting
a host of upgrades and new at Oshkosh, a flashy black
features will roll out with the and gold TTX® will make the
newest model, the TTX®. rounds to announce the
Onboard are Garmin G2000
touchscreen avionics, a “We are a firm believer in this
communications system with product. The money we’re
voice and text, lightning investing in production facilities
detection, the option of the is a commitment by Cessna, not
TKS Flight Into Known Icing to mention all the improvements “It’s the most advanced
system plus a more extensive we’ve made,” says Scott Howell, single engine in the air
warranty package. Four plush product marketing manager for
new interior schemes are piston products. today. And we have the
available, plus flashy new paint support and service
for an airplane already so sleek “Cessna and Textron strongly network to do right by it.”
“it looks like it’s going fast support the program, and we see
when sitting on the ramp.” that through our senior leader- Terry Shriner
ship and their commitment to
With production gearing up capital investments to make
through summer and into the program what it needs to
fall in Independence, Kansas, be,” says Terry Shriner, Cessna’s
and Chihuahua, Mexico, business unit leader for the
deliveries are expected to Corvalis. PL E A S E S E E N E X T PAG E
Corvalis, con’t. Corvalis, con’t.
“Part of the reason we went Cessna made large investments improvement, transportation
into it was to learn about in new environmental control and paint visited Independence IMPROVEMENTS ON THE TTX®
composite structures,” says systems. Illustrating the to learn about production on
Terry Clark, general manager commitment to quality, if that end. Kansas employees The TTX® was in the works when
in Independence. “The Corvalis humidity or other measures visit TAM as well. Much as parts production stopped in 2010, so it
gave us a chance to understand deviate from requirements in must fit tight and true, the intent made sense to get all the TTX®
what it takes to build a com- Mexico, pagers start buzzing in of the exchanges is creating a improvements lined up before
posite airplane. We’ve gotten a Independence and the issue is work force that understands the restarting production.
good education.” investigated and resolved. big picture of how the airplane
comes together. The Garmin G2000-based
In December 2010, a portion “Cessna is not going to send a Cessna Intrinzic™ avionics suite
of a Corvalis wing delaminated plane into the field unless we’re “They want to assemble the is one of the most noticeable
during a test flight. Aircraft fully confident in it,” Clark says. best-possible product and the changes. The displays go beyond
were grounded and inspected “The TTX® is going to be a team in Mexico is going to give touchscreen, as infrared sensors
and production stopped. “It was phenomenal airplane.” us that,” says Larry Taylor, mean a pilot’s fingers don’t even
a one-off problem,” Martinez value stream manager in have to touch the screen itself.
says, noting no other parts Training was bolstered along Independence and a liaison “You can swipe with your finger,
issues were found. “But Cessna with equipment at the Mexico to TAM. like an iPhone,” Howell says.
decided to shut down produc- plant, known as TAM. “The
tion and make sure everything downtime was not spent just “People are pumped and excited The G2000’s twin displays are
was done the right way.” doing construction. They were to relaunch,” Clark says. 14” wide aspect, compared to
building parts, so that team “Everyone wants to come back 10” on the G1000, and views
ENSURING EVERYTHING members would know the and work on it.” can be split so a map and traffic
could show on one, with weather weather’s North America
COMES TOGETHER RIGHT procedure, and making sure
on the other, for example. satellite broadcast. An
the process was right,”
“It reduces pilot workload,” Avidyne TWX670 lightning
The wing issue was traced to Martinez says.
Howell says. “With the map and detection system is another
humidity and temperature
PL E A S E S E E N E X T PAG E
approach plate up, you can see new, optional safety feature.
settings at the Mexico plant that Recently, TAM employees
prevented proper curing, so specializing in continuous what you’ve got coming up and
also see where you are relative With its speed, sleek
to everything else.” profile and fine finish, the
Corvalis surpasses the
Climate controls are integrated competition, Howell says.
Left photo: Painted Corvalis, Independence, Kansas. into the G2000, and a pulse “The sidestick provides
Right photo: Working on Corvalis: Dustin Cain and Kris Dixon. Left to right: Brian oximeter is built into the panel finite control. I’ve flown
Whepley, Tom Ronnau (editor of Direct Approach Propeller), Larry Taylor with
as well. The autopilot control is high wings pretty much all
Independence facility, and Mitzie Hall (coordinator of Direct Approach). my life, and I’ve flown the
now in the brow, the same as
in a Citation Mustang, making Corvalis and there’s
transition to the Mustang even nothing like it. The Corvalis
easier. is an aviator’s airplane. It’s
Tranquility, with ivory and
more precise and for
exotic hardwood accents. “You
The TTX® comes with an optional someone who appreciates
won’t find a lot of plastic on the
GSR 56 Iridium-based the finer things.”
Corvalis – even the center
communications platform, console is leather wrapped,”
which networks with G2000 Among the finer features are
avionics and provides voice and four interior schemes: Classic,
text communications. The GSR with creams and browns; P L E A SE SE E N E X T PAG E
56’s international weather Twilight, with bluish grey;
capability complements XM Sport, in black and grey; and
ANTI-ICE SYSTEM -
Corvalis, con’t. TKS ON CARAVANS
The power plant didn’t escape
CESSNA HAS REFINED THE PREFLIGHT
upgrades, either. It now comes OPERATIONAL TEST FOR THE TKS ANTI-ICE SYSTEM The initial revision’s requirement
with a five-year parts and labor INSTALLED AS AN OPTION ON SOME CARAVANS for even flow may not be met
warranty and a new starter that Jerry Shapiro
when surface temperatures are
improves turnover. flying in his The initial revision to the POH the TKS panels and raise the above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. This
Corvalis. supplement requires the freezing point of the fluid within. system characteristic is due to the
Clark knows the characteristics system to be operated four This elevated freezing point can reduction in viscosity of the TKS
of Corvalis owners and the TTX® minutes in backup mode to reduce initial system function anti-ice fluid at elevated tem-
target market: “They are pilots purge the panels. This assures in-flight when icing conditions peratures. The second revision to
who want to be at 25,000 feet only TKS fluid is present in the are encountered. the POH supplement requires the
flying 300 knots. They are loyal panels at departure. The revision system to be operated in Backup
and love their airplane.” When surface conditions make Mode initially to check operation
also requires all panels are
it necessary to apply Type II, III, of the Warn Light and then Max
observed for even flow or
OWNER’S EXPERIENCE: or IV deice fluid to increase hold Mode to provide the increase in
wetting of the panel active
THE CAT’S MEOW over time, after the initial deice fluid volume to more fully wet out
surface during the purge. This
and preflight activities are the active area of the panels. At
four minute purge is to be
Jerry Shapiro, a dentist in Since 1999, he’s flown hundreds beacon allowing patients and complete, the TKS system should surface temperatures above 80
performed after any ground
Southhampton, Pa., near of patients on sightseeing trips others to track his progress. be operated in the Backup Mode degrees Fahrenheit, flow may not
Philadelphia, purchased a new as a way to market his practice. during the application. This be present on the upper portion
Cessna Skylane in 2005, but New York City and the Jersey “I just love the Corvalis. It’s Experience has shown that reduces the possibility of ground of the vertical stabilizer panel and
then,” I wanted to go faster, Shore are popular jaunts. Two performed for me. At the atmospheric moisture, such as deice fluid contamination of the outboard upper areas of the
so I bought a Corvalis.” years ago, he and a pilot-patient highest airports it was like sea rain and ground deice fluid, can the panels. wing panels during operation in
took three weeks and put the level. It’s quiet and smooth. penetrate the active surface of Max Mode. This is a system
“I tested every aircraft there Corvalis’ speed and range to Even when it’s turbulent for characteristic and is not cause
was. I wanted to have the work on a dream trip around the other aircraft, I don’t feel it in for a maintenance action.
finest,” says Shapiro, who is United States. “I landed every- mine,” he says. “My plane is
6’ 2”. “Somebody told me to try place cool,” he says. Along the the cat’s meow.”
the Corvalis, and it was roomy. way, the Corvalis carried a
It was incredible.”
CORVALIS TTX® BY THE NUMBERS
Maximum Cruise Speed 235 ktas
Maximum Range1 1,250 nm
Takeoff Distance (S.L., ISA, MTOW)2 1,900 ft.
Landing Distance (S.L., ISA, MLW) 2,640 ft.
Maximum Operating Altitude 25,000 ft.
Maximum Climb Rate (Sea Level) 1,400 fpm
Avionics Intrinzic (Garmin G2000)
Engine 330 hp Continental TSIO-550-C The flow during high temperatures. Note that only the
Fuel capacity 102 gallons lower portion of the panel active area has wetted.
Once again, this is a system characteristic and does not
45 minute fuel reserves, 45% power @ 25,000 ft.
represent a cause for a maintenance action.
Distance to 50 feet above the runway
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New G1000 con’t.
FOR CESSNA NAV III AIRCRAFT
Another new feature:
Two new Service Bulletins upgrading G1000 soft-
You can now load a
ware released in April, SEB-34-03 for non-WAAS
“future” Jepp Nav Data
equipped and SEB-34-02 for WAAS equipped
database while the
Cessna G1000 single engine high wing airplanes.
“current” database is still
The upgrade evens the playing field for both WAAS
being used by the G1000.
and non-WAAS models. The same system software
When the effective date
version, 563.26 is applicable to both G1000 systems.
for the “future” database
There are several new and exciting features offered
arrives, the database will
by these upgrades.
be automatically used by
G1000 as the active
NEW FOR NON-WAAS EQUIPPED AIRCRAFT:
The much-anticipated enablement of “pathways”
Also please note that if
for operators who have installed Synthetic Vision.
you are getting the AHRS
Pathways provides a three-dimensional perspective
MV DB (IGRF) out of date
view of a selected route of flight, shown as colored
message, this database is
rectangular boxes representing the horizontal and
bundled into the Jepp Nav
vertical flight path of the active flight plan. PATHWAYS Data database. You need to
follow the prompts listed
Fixed Content Data Logging. This feature provides in the CRG to load this
the capability of logging flight data to a comma- database into the G1000.
separated-value (CSV) file on an SD card in the upper
MFD slot. Data Logging will automatically store
critical flight and engine data on an SD card (up to
MFD screen shot showing
16GB). The system will write one data point every
database synchronizing MFD screen shot showing
second as long as power is applied to the G1000
the effective date of a
system, whether the airplane is flying, or sitting in
future Jepp Nav Database
the hangar. Another feature of the Garmin Data
Logging is the ability to track flights using a
program that can be downloaded for free from the These new features are highlights of what the
www.flygarmin.com website. The program converts SEB-34-03 for non-WAAS equipped or SEB-34-02 for
the flights logged to a csv file on the SD card to KML WAAS G1000 software upgrade has to offer.
file for viewing in the Google Earth environment.
NEW FOR WAAS AND NON-WAAS For more information or to schedule your G1000
EQUIPPED AIRCRAFT: software upgrade, please contact your Cessna
Authorized Service Facility. To locate the one
A new feature of the 563.26 software is the ability to nearest you, call 866-777-6150 or 316-261-8063
transfer databases from one -43 database card to (international).
the other one. This will ensure that the data is the
same on the PFD and MFD database card and should
eliminate issues with database mismatch alerts on
PLE AS E S E E N EXT PAGE
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100 SERIES SUPPLEMENTAL
INSPECTION DOCUMENTS (SID)
CESSNA PUBLISHED THE Tracking System That Shows
MAINTENANCE MANUAL TEMPORARY
Your Location at all Times.
REVISIONS CONTAINING THE 100
SERIES SUPPLEMENTAL INSPECTION
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS FOR Around the world, pilots and ﬂeet operators
MODELS DELIVERED WITH are recognizing the safety and beneﬁts of
following an aircraft’s location and progress
MAINTENANCE MANUALS. on every ﬂight.
Spidertracks can send the location, altitude,
These inspections were developed from speed and direction of the aircraft every one or
two minutes, via the Iridium satellite network to
condition reports, service difficulty reports and
secure websites. The track is displayed over
data gathered from maintenance professionals. topographical and satellite maps.
When properly performed, these inspections
will identify issues that will contribute to the Friends and family can follow the ﬂight in real
reduction in structural load carrying capabilities time from any PC, anywhere, or by using the free
of the airframe. iSpiderViewer iPhone app.
Pilots are operating in more than 25 countries
PDF copies of the maintenance manual revisions
are available at Cessna.com. Choose Service and Simple to use
then Customer Access. Sign up for an account - testing training. This training will allow
Portable – can be moved easily
it is a free service that provides access to service maintenance technicians to perform the NDT between aircraft
bulletins and letters, as well. tasks required by the inspection on high time
Automatic SOS alerting with Spiderwatch
airframes. General information and contact active tracking service
The compliance statement as follows allows a details to take advantage of this training are also
available at the web address above. Weight: less than one pound
two year grace period for performance of the “…The reliability of this system has been proven to be second to none.”
Position accuracy within 8’
initial inspection: Barry Diamand,
Cessna encourages all owners and operators to No installation costs
take advantage of these inspection programs to Sydney Flight Training Centre
The SID inspection times are based on total air-
frame hours or calendar time in service. If a assure their airplane is maintained properly and
specific airframe component has been replaced, any issues are identified early to minimize
the component is to be inspected, based on total repair expense.
component hours or calendar time requirements.
However, any attachment structure that was not
replaced when the component was replaced must
be inspected, based on the total airframe hours or Questions, please contact:
calendar time requirements. Inspections are due Cessna Customer Care
at the lesser of specified flight hours or calendar 316-517-5800 or 1-800-423-7762
time. The inspections must be completed by Customercare@cessna.textron.com
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June 30, 2014.
Cessna in partnership with the National
Center for Aviation Training in Wichita, Kansas,
has developed task-specific, non-destructive
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Kean shipped out to Europe in late 1944 and Most of his time aloft is for fun. “Flying is one of the
served with an infantry division in Belgium and favorite things I do on vacation. I rarely fly straight and
Germany, with action including the Battle of the level. I enjoy practicing various maneuvers and
Bulge and the Bridge at Remagen. “We didn’t landings. I go out over islands or watch the whales
think it terribly dangerous; they didn’t go after near Provincetown, then I go back and shoot some
us,” he says of the Messerschmidts and Stukas landings there.”
that zoomed by in attempts to destroy that key
SINCE HE bridge over the Rhine. Trips to Florida, with a son along, are more involved.
He’ll stop for the night in Charleston or Hilton Head,
STARTED The Battle of the Bulge had alarming moments. S.C., or Savannah, Ga. Then it’s on to North Palm
FLYING, “Our position was overrun at dawn on December
Beach County Airport, where he keeps the plane. On
return trips, the nighttime stop is usually at
HE JUST 16, and we took off one by one, avoiding tracers
from Tiger tanks rumbling over the side of a hill
Dare County Airport on North Carolina’s Outer
Banks – “I stop by there for seafood.”
HASN’T to our east. It was close to the ground flying. We
did not operate out of airports. We picked fields The Skylane winters in Florida. After the season off,
STOPPED and sometimes roads, whatever you needed
to land a bunch of planes on. Fields with cows
when Kean returns to the cockpit, “I act like a new
pilot and teach myself how to fly again. If I was only
meant no land mines,” he says, recalling that for flying every couple of months, I think that would be
Photos courtesy of Nico Kean. Bob Kean shows his granddaughter Schuyler “Sky” Kean his 1965 years afterward he could not look at roads and dangerous. It’s a year-to-year thing at this age.
Skylane several years ago when she was six. fields without wondering if they could serve as a I have a belief that you shouldn’t fly unless you
landing strip. fly a lot.”
Bob Kean isn’t one of those pilots who looked OFF TO FLIGHT SCHOOL AND WAR
skyward at age six and couldn’t imagine going Generally, “we led a pretty good life,” he says of
anywhere but up. his service, which earned him a Distinguished
Kean joined the Army ROTC during college and
reported for active duty after graduation in 1943.
But after entering the Army during World War II While at training camp, “I saw these little planes
he developed a passion for flying that hasn’t NEVER STOPPED FLYING
coming in. It intrigued me and I signed up.”
let up over nearly seven decades. At age 89, he
plans to remain in the pilot’s seat as long as Back in the States, Kean couldn’t stay away from
he can fly regularly in the Cessna 182H he aviation.
“The romance and freedom of
bought new in 1965. flying soon enthralled me, “It was hard to give it up. I’d go to little airports
and have stayed with me and rent something. I found out if you signed up
Kean, who will turn 90 in August, is a retired water
undiminished ever since.” to the reserves, they let you fly a certain number
utility executive who lives in Oldwick, N.J.
Married with five grown boys, each summer he of hours on the government – they wanted to keep
spends a month on Cape Cod in Mass., and each these pilots’ skills up,” Kean says.
winter travels to Florida. Both trips come aboard
the Skylane, which is based at Solberg Airport, a He bought his first plane and then a second
Cessna Service Center, when he’s home in New before settling on the Skylane he owns to this day.
Flight school was with the infantry-supporting
Jersey. All together, he’s accumulated more than “I think it’s a very safe and stable plane, I like the
artillery. He learned to fly in Pittsburg, Kan., from a
4,800 hours at the controls. visibility and it’s fast enough to get you there.”
civilian crop duster, and trained as a field artillery
Paint and regular maintenance aside, Kean hasn’t
spotter at Fort Sill, Okla. “Once I got started and felt
“He’s a fine gentleman, delightful, intelligent and done much to his 182 in four-plus decades. “I
I could handle it, I was sold,” he says. “You didn’t
enthusiastic about flying. He handles the plane fancied up the cabin with good leather about five
have any ammunition or means of defense, but you
beautifully. He’s not afraid of the wind,” says Suzy years ago,” he says. “Otherwise, it is still the
could call in three battalions of artillery.”
Solberg Nagle, whose family operates Solberg perfect plane for me.”
Airport in Readington. PL E A S E S E E N E X T PAG E
Bob Kean and “Sky” Kean in the cockpit of his 182H.
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Some of the early manuals do not contain a great deal of information; the latest is contained in the
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“Equivalent substitutes may be used.” The only way to determine if a particular substitute may be used
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