The storm was just too long for Jack Pelton to ride out. For the past decade, the chairman, president and CEO of Cessna Aircraft was a force in business aviation, taking up the industry's battle in Washington when President Barack Obama and members of Congress singled out corporate jets as a symbol of excess to score political points. And for a time, the amiable salesman could do no wrong, with Cessna accounting for more than half of the profits at parent company Textron in 2006 and 2007. ...

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