Cessna announced last month that it is upgrading the Citation CJ1 and CJ2 to add more value to the entry-level aircraft. To be known as the CJ1+ and CJ2+, the improved twinjets will incorporate many of the refinements built into the CJ3, including the larger sibling’s more feature-laden version of the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 integrated avionics system, in addition to other improvements.
While no manufacturers actually launched new aircraft at the NBAA Convention last month, several did commit to major improvements for their existing products. Notably, Cessna, Piaggio and Bombardier announced extensive upgrades–involving newer or more powerful engines, avionics and/or interior makeovers–for their CJ1 and CJ2, Avanti and Learjet 40 business airplanes, respectively.
Cessna’s Citation CJ2 has been approved by the U.S. and Germany for steep approaches, such as that required to use London City Airport. Other European countries are expected to follow with the same approval. Currently, six Citation models have such U.S. approvals.
Cessna continues to push forward with the certification of the CJ4, the latest model in the CJ line. The company completed the first test flight of the aircraft’s powerplant, the Williams FJ44-4A, last month aboard a company CJ2 flying testbed. The Wichita-based airframer deemed it a success. Williams’s FJ44-4A will feature fadec and produce 3,400 pounds of thrust, almost 800 pounds more than the FJ44-3A.
Three Italian aviation officials and an air traffic controller have been sentenced to jail terms of between six and eight years after being convicted of manslaughter and negligence over the Oct. 8, 2001, fatal collision between a Cessna Citation CJ2 and a Scandinavian Airlines System McDonnell Douglas MD-87 at Milan Linate Airport.
Cessna received FAA type certification of its Model 525, the CJ2+, bringing the light jet another step closer to customer deliveries scheduled to start in the second quarter of next year. The CJ2+, announced at the 2004 NBAA Convention, is an upgraded CJ2, featuring Williams International FJ44-3A-24 turbofan engines and greater payload capability, higher maximum cruise speed, more range and improved runway performance than its successor.
Last month Cessna said it had begun production line flow of its new Citation CJ2+ and would soon start production of the Citation CJ1+. On February 11, the first Citation CJ2+ (S/N 525A-000300) began its journey down the production line. This twinjet will be used to certify the avionics for the CJ2+.
As the Eclipse 500 was being rolled out last month, the Citation Mustang very light jet was fast taking form at Cessna’s Pawnee facility in Wichita. At press time, workers had already assembled forward and aft cabin sections, and the Mustang’s wings were being assembled.
Cessna Aircraft (Stand E705) has continued with recently introduced nomenclature for its newly upgraded models by turning the Citation Encore into the Encore+. Previous Citation models that received the plus treatment are the CJ1+ and CJ2+ light jets.
Cessna sold three Citation business jets here at Asian Aerospace yesterday.
First, Japan Aerospace Corp. (JAC) inked a deal to buy its second CJ2+. Then Taneja Aerospace and Aviation of Bangalore, India, bought a CJ2+ and an XLS.
“We’ve found the CJ2+ is well suited for the Japanese market,” said JAC president and CEO Kazuyuki Tamura. “It is ideal to replace the large, but outdated twin turboprops in Japan.”