Cessna didn’t resurrect the canceled large-cabin Columbus at the NBAA Convention in October but did unveil a major upgrade to its largest and fastest jet, the Citation X. Dubbed the Citation Ten, the new jet promises to up the ante in the race to field the fastest business jet. That title is currently held by Gulfstream’s G650 with an Mmo of Mach 0.925, but Cessna promises that the Ten’s Mmo will exceed that number.
The biggest change for the Ten is a new G5000 avionics suite, which will be Garmin’s first Part 25 certification program. The Ten’s fuselage grows longer by 15 inches compared to the X and the wings will carry winglets. Cabin features include a new touch-screen Cessna cabin management system developed with Heads Up Technologies, integrating the cabin electrical system, avionics and communications systems via a fiber-optic backbone.
Upgraded Rolls-Royce AE3007C2 turbofans with a rating of 7,034 pounds of thrust power the Citation Ten, delivering 4 percent more takeoff thrust, 9 percent better climb performance, 7 percent higher cruise thrust and a 1.4-percent improvement in specific fuel consumption. Price of the Citation Ten is $21.495 million (2010 $) and entry into service is planned for 2013.