The global economy may still be struggling, but that didn´t prevent aviation manufacturers from attending the fourth annual JetExpo International Business Aviation Exhibition this week in Moscow -- and getting business done. Cessna announced at the show it has sold 12 new 172S Skyhawks to an aviation university in St. Petersburg, Russia, which has about 7,500 students from 25 countries studying all areas of aviation. The Skyhawks are scheduled to be delivered by the end of this year and will be the first Western-built aircraft to be used at the school, Cessna said. Cessna also announced it has received Russian type certification for the Citation Mustang, which is now certified in 60 countries. "The Mustang´s entry into service has been extraordinary around the globe and interest from the market continues to grow, including a fleet order announced in 2008 from a Russian operator," said Cessna Vice President, International Sales, Trevor Esling. Also at the show, Daher-Socata´s TBM 850 turboprop made its Russian debut. Victor Kuklyaev, the Russian representative for the aircraft, said the market there is ready for it.
"In today´s challenging economic conditions, the TBM 850 is just the type of aircraft that Russian business travelers are seeking for their personal transportation needs," he said. The show also hosted exhibits and static displays from the major business jet manufacturers such as Hawker Beechcraft, Embraer, Gulfstream, Bombardier, Dassault, and many more.