Cessna Aircraft is living up to its marketing tag line “Sure Thing” with the introduction yesterday afternoon of the Citation CJ3.
Wichita-based Cessna Aircraft is continuing to make progress on the development and certification activities of its super-midsize Citation Sovereign. Announced at the 1998 NBAA Convention, the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306C-powered Sovereign will have an NBAA IFR range exceeding 2,500 nm (two crew and eight passengers), an mtow of 29,250 lb, a 454-kt max cruise speed and a 47,000-ft ceiling.
Rockwell Collins announced that Cessna has selected its HGS-6000 head-up guidance system for the Citation Columbus, set to debut as the Wichita manufacturer’s first-ever HUD-equipped airplane when it enters service in 2014.
Cessna flew the first prototype CitationJet CJ4 on May 5, with senior engineering test pilot Dan Morris at the controls and engineering flight-test manager Dave Bonifield flying as copilot. During the two-hour, 22-minute flight, Morris and Bonifield conducted stability, control and initial systems evaluations and climbed to 16,000 feet. For more details on the CJ4 first flight, see story on page 3.
Last month’s maiden flight of the Cessna Citation CJ4 prototype was “a rousing success,” according to the Wichita-based OEM. “I think ‘flawless’ was the term the pilots used,” said a Cessna spokesman. At press time, the aircraft had logged four more hours of flight time.
More than 18 months after it was revealed that Cessna was seeking corporate approval to build its largest ever Citation service center in Wichita, Cessna announced last month the project is a go. Construction is set to start before year-end on a 443,000-sq-ft facility at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport on a 150-acre site leased to Cessna by the Wichita Airport Authority.
With the completion of its first run on October 31, Pratt & Whitney Canada initiated testing of its 2,500-lb-thrust PW625F engine demonstrator. The company plans to develop a family of turbofans for light business jets. P&WC claims the PW625F will provide optimum performance and “significantly reduced ownership costs.” The engine is aimed at the market now dominated by the Williams FJ44 series.
The uprated Rolls-Royce AE3007-C1 engine for the 2002 Citation X (starting with S/N 0173) has received FAA certification. The engine provides 5 percent more takeoff thrust (6,764 lb each side). Cessna said the enhanced engine performance will help to increase the Citation X’s payload capability, in addition to improving the business jet’s takeoff and climb performance.
Monaco-based Boutsen Aviation, whose president is former Formula 1 racing driver Thierry Boutsen, will take delivery today (if all goes to plan) of an Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ), which will be outfitted with a Prestige VIP interior by Jet Aviation in Basel, Switzerland.
Abelag is here at EBACE Booth No. 253 as a first-time exhibitor, highlighting the company’s two European FBOs and its charter, aircraft management and maintenance capabilities. Founded in 1964, Abelag operates 20 business jets from three bases, in Brussels and Kortrijk, Belgium and Lille, France. Abelag’s Brussels and Kortrijk bases are also full-service FBOs.