Citation CJ3 and Global 5000 get typed

 - December 14, 2007, 6:55 AM

The FAA last month awarded type certification to Cessna for its Citation CJ3 light jet and to Bombardier for its long-range Global 5000. The CJ3 features a cabin that is two feet longer than that of the CJ2, new Williams International FJ44-3A engines and advanced fully integrated Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics.

Cessna said it has non-refundable orders for more than 100 CJ3s. The CJ3 is certified for single-pilot operation and has a maximum cruise speed of 417 knots at 33,000 feet. With two pilots, full fuel, four passengers and baggage, the light jet offers more than 1,800 nm of range with NBAA IFR reserves. The service ceiling is 45,000 feet.

With FAA approval now in hand, Bombardier said the intercontinental Global 5000, a derivative of the Global Express, has completed its primary certification program. Transport Canada (TC), the lead regulatory agency on the program, awarded full certification on March 12. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) granted type approval on July 15. The Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) issued a letter of recommendation to member countries on August 26. One of the first buyers for the new jet is the FAA, which will operate it as an airborne research and
development laboratory.

The Global 5000, which is five feet shorter than the Global Express, has an eight-passenger range of 4,800 nm.