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PH-CTD Cessna 500 Citation c/n 500-0157 - RLS - Groningen Airport Eelde in Holland - 27 May 1975 Groningen Airport Eelde (GRQ)

The Cessna 500 Citation is a twin-engine executive jet aircraft for 2 crewmembers and up to 6 passengers. The Cessna 500 Citation was the successor of the Morane-Saulnier MS-760 Paris II and the HFB-320 Hansa in service with the RLS. The Rijksluchtvaartschool operated seven Cessna 500 Citations. The Cessna 500 was the standard jet trainer operated by the KLM Luchtvaart School and its predecessor the Rijks Luchtvaart School in the period 1972-1997. However the aircraft were primarily used for flight instruction, the Dutch Government used the aircraft also as VIP-transport. The Rijksluchtvaartschool was owned by the Dutch Government before it was sold to the KLM in 1991. As the RLS was, the KLM Luchtvaart School was based at Groningen Airport Eelde in the Netherlands. The KLS was renamed to KLM Flight Academy.

On 30 April 1974, the 1974-built Cessna 500 Citation s/n 500-0157 was registered PH-CTD in the Netherlands by the Dutch Government on behalf of the Rijksluchtvaartschool. In August 1991, the RLS became the KLM Luchtvaartschool and the Citation was transferred too. In June 1994, the PH-CTD was sold to Uniwest Air at Lelystad Airport. On 1 May 1997, registration PH-CTD was cancelled as exported to the USA and the next day, the aircraft was registered N190AB with ECA Inc., Wilmington. On 19 August 1997, registration N190AB was cancelled as exported to Portugal and on 28 August 1997 registered CS-DCA with Air Luxor as operator. On 17 December 1999, registration CS-DCA was cancelled and on 19 May 2000, the aircraft was registered EC-HFY in Spain with Gestair SA as operator. On 18 September 2000, registration EC-HFY was cancelled and on 21 November 200, the aircraft was restored to the Spanish register, this time as EC-HPQ. After being operated by several operators, Cessna 500 Citation EC-HPQ was withdrawn from use and stored at stored at Cuatro Vientos, Madrid, Spain. Despite the aircraft is stored already for a long period, it is still registered EC-HPQ in Spain.

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