GENEVA, Switzerland, May 16, 2011 — Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition it has won approval by the European Aviation Safety Authority for its MX Advantage Part 147 maintenance training courses for the Citation CJ4. Cessna expects to deliver the first EASA-approved CJ4 into Europe later this year.
“Having these approvals means the operator taking delivery of a CJ4 can have an EASA qualified engineering staff in a more timely fashion,” said Chad Martin, Cessna manager of training. “With the practical training aspect of the MX Advantage program, the students are provided access to experienced Cessna instructors and to actual aircraft.”
The training program covers theory and practical CJ4 Airframe and Engine (B1-T1) and Avionics (B2-T2) engineer courses. The MX Advantage courses currently are taught at Cessna facilities in Wichita by FlightSafety International and Cessna. Training will move to a new FlightSafety maintenance training facility dedicated to Cessna programs in 2012. The facility, with more than 65,000 square feet, will accommodate up to four Citations and will be adjacent to Cessna’s Wichita Citation Service Center.
MX Advantage is an exclusive Cessna/FlightSafety training program that currently offers theoretical B1-T1 and B2-T2 courses for almost all Citation and Caravan models. Cessna is working toward EASA approval for its practical training courses for these aircraft as well.
Martin is available at the Cessna exhibit during EBACE to discuss training options for future Citation CJ4 operators. For more information, visit MX Advantage or Cessna.com. Follow Cessna on Twitter at twitter.com/fly_cessna and be a Facebook fan here.