Cessna CJ4 and XLS+ On Course, Still Mulling LCC
The Cessna Citation CJ4 and XLS+ are “moving efficiently” through the development process toward certification, Cessna said today at the NBAA Convention. Detail design for the CJ4 is nearing completion and the first full wing was recently completed for the fuel test article. Cessna said the $8 million CJ4 is on schedule for first flight during the first half of next year, with entry into service planned for the first half of 2010. As for the XLS+, two test aircraft have logged more than 245 flight hours and continue to work toward FAA certification in the first quarter, with deliveries of the $11.595 million twinjet expected to begin by the end of 2008. Meanwhile, the company continues to perform “exploratory design work” on its Large Cabin Concept (LCC) airplane. The Wichita manufacturer is expected to make an announcement early next year regarding whether it will launch the twinjet. Cessna is progressing through a wind tunnel program to investigate the range, speed and stability characteristics of the large cabin aircraft configuration.