Cessna Aircraft yesterday delivered the first Citation X retrofitted with elliptical winglets made by Wichita-based Winglet Technology. The winglets were installed at Cessna’s Wichita Citation Service Center under Winglet Technology’s FAA STC. According to Cessna, the patented elliptical winglets optimize lift distribution, which reduces drag and thereby decreases fuel consumption and increases speed and range.
Cessna Citation X
StandardAero has entered into an agreement with Cessna to support the global Citation Service Center network. Under the agreement, StandardAero will support the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW615F for the Cessna Mustang and the Rolls-Royce AE3007C/C1 on the Citation X.
Spectrum Aeronautical sister company Rocky Mountain Composites has completed a test article version of the all-composite S.40 Freedom midsize jet fuselage at its Spanish Fork, Utah manufacturing facility. The fuselage manufacturing demonstrator (FMD) is the first of a series and was built as a single piece using co-cured carbon/polymer material, also known as the company’s FibeX process.
When the Cessna Citation X received FAA certification in June 1996, it officially became the fastest business aircraft, with an Mmo of Mach 0.92. Only the Concorde was a faster civil airplane at that time. So when British Airways and Air France announced in April 2003 that they had decided to ground the Concorde for good, the Citation X assumed the mantle of fastest civil aircraft, as well.
Gulfstream Aerospace yesterday said it reached a milestone in development work on the large-cabin G650 and announced that it achieved first flight of a simulated version of the jet on December 15 at the G650 Integration Test Facility (ITF) in Savannah, Ga. The ITF includes a full-scale G650 cockpit equipped with avionics, some production hardware and sensors as well as a full-scale cabin mockup with galley.
Cessna has delivered the first Citation XLS+ to an undisclosed U.S.-based customer. The aircraft achieved FAA certification on May 30, and EASA certification is expected to be complete early this year. Cessna has taken orders for more than 200 of the midsize XLS upgrade, which features the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite and P&WC electronically controlled (fadec) engines.
Cessna 750 Citation X, New York, N.Y., April 3, 2008–The Citation X ran off the runway on landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport because of the copilot’s failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll. A contributing factor was a loss of system A hydraulic fluid for undetermined reasons and the flight crew’s failure to follow the checklist sequence.
More than 200 Gulfstream II and Hawker 800/800XP business jets now sport blended winglets developed by Aviation Partners (Stand No. 925) to improve performance by reducing time to climb and fuel consumption, or by increasing range.
They also can enhance the perceived value of an aircraft, according to the U.S.
company’s senior vice president of marketing, Dick Friel.
Winglet Technology reports “significant progress” toward FAA certification of its Cessna Citation X elliptical winglet modification. Announced at NBAA’07 in Atlanta, the program has moved through full-scale wing static test to installation of the modification kit and production winglets on Cessna’s test aircraft.
Rolls-Royce (Booth No. 2940) announced here yesterday that charter and aircraft management provider XOJet has enrolled its entire fleet of 48 Rolls-Royce-powered Cessna Citation X twinjets in the engine manufacturer’s CorporateCare services program.