CJ2+ Flight Tests Progressing
Two weeks after first flying the Citation CJ2+ prototype on April 2, Cessna had logged 18 hours in nine flights in the new business jet. At press time, test pilots had evaluated dynamic stability, stall characteristics, trim checks, engine start characteristics, flap and landing gear extension and retraction, controllability, trim actuation, engine operating characteristics and autopilot operation. Checks of the anti-ice system and the brake anti-skid system were planned for late last month.
Cessna anticipates certification, including single-pilot approval, for the Citation CJ2+ in the fourth quarter of this year and first customer deliveries in the second quarter of next year. The company said it has orders for more than 64 CJ1+s and CJ2+s combined. The next available CJ2+ delivery position is in the second quarter of 2007. Announced at the 2004 NBAA Convention, the Citation CJ2+ is the successor to the Citation CJ2. It is powered by two FADEC-equipped Williams FJ44-3A-24 engines and is equipped with Collins Pro Line 21 avionics.