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News: First Cessna Citation CJ3 As ASIO Special Mission

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  1. First ASIO Special Missions Citation CJ3
    Textron/Cessna has delivered numerous Citation CJ family jets over the years but this instance of a CJ3 AISO Special Missions handover is a first for Textron Aviation. AISO is the abbreviated version for Airborne Surveillance, Intelligence, and Observation. Technically it isn't Textron who did the conversion it is a company called Bird Aerosystems. The aircraft will be used two-fold, for Special Missions as well as VIP roles. This is where a supplemental type certificate (STC) awarded by Civil Aviation Authority of Israel to Bird Aerosystems is important. The STC allows for the cabin configurations to be changed without the need to dismantle ASIO sensors and systems, which then improves the efficiency of the dual role the aircraft is expected to play.
  2. "Work invested by our internal platform engineering department and our MRO in Cyprus, together with our partners at the CAAI, enabled us to complete this STC certification successfully and fulfill our mission of delivering turnkey programs to our customers," said Bird Aerosystems co-CEO and founder Ronen Factor. "We can now offer our customers a fully certified, maritime and ground surveillance aircraft solution that is cost-effective and can be delivered under short schedules."

    For more information:

    Cessna Aircraft Company
    1 Cessna Blvd.
    Wichita, KS 67215

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