Sovereign prototype well into flight testing

 - May 15, 2008, 4:55 AM

The Citation Sovereign, Cessna’s newest aircraft, had completed 15 test flights at press time since its first flight on February 27. Cessna said all flights have gone “very well” and testing to date includes stall characteristics, stability and control, autopilot development, thrust reversers and airspeed calibration. The second Sovereign prototype is scheduled to begin flight tests this summer, and the third prototype will be flying in the fall. FAA certification of the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306C-powered jet is expected late next year, with first customer deliveries starting in early 2004. Cessna claims it has orders for more than 100 units. The traditional midsize Sovereign has an eight-passenger range of 2,500 nm with NBAA IFR reserves.