A Max-Viz enhanced vision system (EVS) for the Citation Excel and XLS and a Collins Integrated Flight Information System (IFIS) for the CJ1 and CJ2 were among product upgrades introduced to more than 400 Citation operators attending Cessna’s annual customer conference in Wichita this week. Cessna also detailed several new programs designed to improve flight planning and maintenance for all Citation operators.
Two weeks after first flying the Citation CJ2+ prototype on April 2, Cessna had logged 18 hours in nine flights in the new business jet. At press time, test pilots had evaluated dynamic stability, stall characteristics, trim checks, engine start characteristics, flap and landing gear extension and retraction, controllability, trim actuation, engine operating characteristics and autopilot operation.
Cessna CitationJet CJ2 525A, Newnan, Ga., July 15, 2005–The NTSB said the CitationJet’s collision with a localizer antenna was caused by the pilot’s delay in aborting the landing and his failure to maintain obstacle clearance. The Safety Board listed as contributing factors hydroplaning and the localizer antenna.
Cessna received FAA type certification of its CJ2+ on October 3. Deliveries of the twinjet are scheduled to start in the second quarter of next year. Announced at the 2004 NBAA Convention, the CJ2+ is an upgraded CJ2 featuring FADEC-equipped Williams International FJ44-3A-24 turbofans and greater payload, higher maximum cruise speed, more range and better runway performance than its predecessor.
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.
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