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D-ICJL Cessna T303 Crusader c/n T30300109 - Ashampoo Air Services - Hoogeveen airfield in Holland - 13 April 2007 Hoogeveen airfield (EHHO)

The Cessna T.303 Crusader is a twin-engine 6-seat corporate and utility transport aircraft, built by the Cessna Aircraft Company in Wichita, Kansas, USA. The Cessna T303 accommodates next to the cockpit crew of 2 pilots, 4 passengers. Model 303 was designed as a four seat light twin replacement for Cessna Model 310. The prototype of the by two 120kW (160hp) Lycoming O320 engines powered Cessna Model 303 Clipper, was flown first on 14 February 1978. However, it was soon realised that the market demand was for a larger aircraft, and the Model 303 design was developed into a six seater aircraft. The new model, designated T303 for its turbocharged Continental TSIO-520 SER fuel injected engines, flew for the first time on 17 October 1979. After the FAA Type certification was awarded in 1981, the first production Cessna T303 Crusaders were delivered in 1981. When after four years the production of the T303 ended: 299 airframes were built and delivered. The ICAO code for the Cessna T.303 is C303.

The 1982-built Cessna T.303 Crusader c/n T303-00109 was registered first in the USA as N7SX. On 28 May 1992, the registration N7SX was cancelled as exported to Germany. The Cessna entered in 1992 the German register as D-ICJL. On 13 April 2007, Crusader D-ICJL visited Hoogeveen airfield in the Netherlands. The titles airshampoo.de on the aircraft gives as operator Ashampoo Air Services, Ganderkesee. The Crusader was offered for sale via this company.

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