On June 2 officials from the FAA’s central region presented the type certificate for the Citation Sovereign to Cessna Aircraft, about eight months after the airplane debuted at last year’s NBAA Convention. David Brant, Cessna’s senior v-p of engineering, said on the occasion, “The Citation Sovereign incorporates many new technological advancements.
Cessna Citation Sovereign
Jet Aviation and Airbus signed a service center agreement for Airbus Corporate Jetliner support. It stipulates Jet Aviation will support the ACJ through its global network and various lines of business including aircraft management, charter, outfitting and refurbishment, maintenance and FBO services.
Cessna anticipates that its Model 680 Citation Sovereign super-midsize business jet will receive full type certification before the end of next month. On Christmas Eve the new aircraft received provisional certification, with flight into known icing the only major outstanding approval still pending. Cessna reports orders for about 100 aircraft.
Still factory fresh from Cessna is the new Citation Sovereign being shown in the EBACE static aircraft park by UK business aircraft charter and management firm Bookajet (Booth No. 1054). The company has added the aircraft, which could be joined in the fleet later by a second example, to provide longer-range capacity.
Prompted by inquiries last week from AIN, Cessna today will confirm in a short press release that it is introducing the Citation CJ4 at the NBAA Convention in October.
L-3 Avionics Systems (Booth No. 4299) is featuring its electronic standby instrument system (ESIS), including the GH-3000 attitude/air data and EHSI-4000 horizontal situation electronic indicators, which will be added to Cessna’s upgraded Citation XLS+. The Citation XLS+ joins the Citation Sovereign in offering the GH-3000 and EHSI-4000 standby indicators.
Cessna is offering NBAA attendees a sneak peek of what its next Citation might look like. Visitors to the Wichita aircraft manufacturer’s booth (No. 5133) can tour what Cessna is calling a “large/midsize cabin concept” (LCC) mockup, gaining rare insight into what a follow-on aircraft to the Citation Sovereign and Citation X could look and feel like on the inside.
After publishing a series of airworthiness directives earlier this year aimed at operators of certain aircraft equipped with Honeywell Primus Epic avionics, the FAA last month added the Cessna Citation Sovereign to the list of airplanes affected by the directive.
Cessna received certification for its Citation Sovereign from both the European Aviation Safety Agency and the JAA, enabling the twinjet to be certified and registered in 25 nations adhering to EASA regulations and the 10 countries still following JAA procedures. Cessna also claimed the Sovereign received the first-ever EASA type certification data sheet for noise. The Sovereign received FAA certification in June last year.
When customers start receiving their Citation Sovereigns, they might notice the tail area has more vortex generators than it did when the super-midsize business jet received FAA type certification in June.