On Friday, Cessna announced that it has raised the top speed for its Citation Ten to Mach 0.935, which would make it the fastest civil aircraft in service once certified. This eclipses the speed of its Citation X predecessor by Mach 0.015 and the currently stated top speed of the soon-to-be-certified Gulfstream G650 by Mach 0.010.
Cessna Citation X
Cessna Aircraft announced today at LABACE that it has again increased the range–to 2,500 nm–of its in-development, midsize Citation Latitude. When announced at the NBAA Convention last year, the Latitude was originally expected to have a range of 2,000 nm. In February, Cessna stretched the airplane’s legs to 2,300 nm, and after further discussions with customers it decided to extend the range again, to 2,500 nm.
L-3 Avionics Systems announced today that the FAA has granted TSO approval for its GH-3900 electronic standby instrument system. Several business aircraft OEMs have selected the GH-3900 as standard equipment, including Bombardier for the Learjet 70/75 and Cessna for the Citation Ten. Additionally, Rockwell Collins has selected the GH-3900 ESIS for its Pro Line Fusion Flight Deck. The primary flight display backup instrument is capable of meeting airworthiness requirements for almost any fixed- or rotary-wing transport-category aircraft, says L-3.
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport-based Constant Aviation has completed its fifth winglet modification on the Citation X. According to the company, adding the winglet option allows the aircraft to climb directly to 34,000 feet in 29 minutes, compared with a 93-minute step climb without the winglets, increasing range by 160 nm. It also allows the Citation X to depart from high/hot airports with 1,200 pounds more payload or depart with the pre-winglets payload and fly 400 nm farther, according to Stephen Maiden, the MRO facility’s president.
The FAA proposes an airworthiness directive for the Cessna 750 Citation X prompted by reports of direct current (DC) generator overvoltage events. The generator control unit (GCU) overvoltage protection circuit can become damaged and allow high voltage to pass through to the airplane systems and electrical components, which, if not corrected, could result in smoke in the cockpit and loss of avionics and electrical systems.
Six months after launching its midsize Citation Latitude, Cessna (Stand 7081) announced at EBACE this morning that it will offer a $25.9 million (2012 dollars) stretched version–the “Longitude–that can fly 4,000 nm at Mach 0.82.
Safe Flight Instrument announced last month that its AutoPower autothrottle has been approved as an STC by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for installation on the Hawker Beechcraft Hawker 900, 850, 800 and 750 jets. AutoPower will also be STCed for Cessna’s Citation X this summer by the Cessna Wichita Citation Service Center and will be offered as a retrofit on all Citation Xs.
Cessna is looking to give longer legs to its new mid-size $14.9 million Citation Latitude in a move that should suit the Asian market. The company recently announced a 15-percent range increase for the aircraft, to 2,300 nm (4,257 km) and was quick to point out all the interAsian city pairings this made possible.
Just over three years ago, Hawker Beechcraft began delivering what is arguably the best of the venerable 125-series aircraft: the Hawker 750. Performance and price both help to make this midsize-cabin model a strong contender.
Spurred by sluggish demand for light and midsize jets and the threat from Brazil’s Embraer, Cessna has enlarged its midsize cabin cross-section and refreshed one of the lightest jets it builds. The new contenders were revealed last fall in the form of the 680A Latitude midsize and the M2 update of the CJ1+. They compete with, respectively, the Embraer Legacy 450 (slated for certification in late 2014 and service entry in early 2015) and the Phenom 100 (in service since 2009).