The first production Cessna Citation CJ3+ made its maiden flight yesterday from the company’s manufacturing facility at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport. Production flight-test pilot Mark Tuttle said all systems performed as expected during the 73-minute flight. The new twinjet, the latest in the CitationJet family, which was announced on March 20, is expected to receive FAA certification later this year. Features include a Garmin G3000 flight deck and upgraded interior and systems. The nine-seat CJ3+ is expected to receive single-pilot certification and has a range of 2,070 nm.
Charter/management firm ExcelAire (Booth No. C6629) announced last month that it is opening a facility to serve the New York City area at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y. In addition to charter, the location will offer aircraft management and hangar space. ExcelAire, which operates more than 20 jets throughout the Northeast and Midwest, currently bases two of them at Westchester County–a Dassault Falcon 900 and a newly added Citation CJ3.
The two pilots and single passenger of a Cessna Citation CJ3 were not killed November 11 when their aircraft ran off the end of the 4,700-foot-long Runway 35 Right at Sao Paulo’s Congonhas Airport (SBSP) in Brazil. An airport security camera captured the last few moments of the flight.
Irvine, Calif.-based JetSuite announced an order today for 15 Cessna Citation CJ3s, which will double the size of its fleet and expand its offerings beyond the Embraer Phenom 100. The charter membership firm started taking bookings today for the new, longer-range CJ3s, though inaugural flights won’t begin until November 19. During the first year of operations, JetSuite’s CJ3 service will be available between any points east of the Mississippi and from the East to and from Aspen and Vail, and through Eastern Canada and the Caribbean.
Structural assembly work done by Canada-based Avcorp will be transitioned back to Cessna facilities and other suppliers, according to a Cessna spokesman. Avcorp manufactures Citation CJ3 vertical stabilizer, rudder and center wing box assemblies, Sovereign empennage and wing spars and CJ4 components. Avcorp said it will continue filling Cessna orders “until transition, and the transition timeline is not yet defined.
Structural assembly work done by Canada-based Avcorp will be transitioned back to Cessna facilities and other suppliers, according to a Cessna spokesman. Avcorp manufactures Citation CJ3 vertical stabilizer, rudder and center wing box assemblies, Sovereign empennage and wing spars and CJ4 components. Avcorp also builds the horizontal stabilizer and fuel tanks for Bombardier’s Challenger 605 and was tapped to build HondaJet wings.
Cessna Aircraft last month announced the introduction of wide-area augmentation system (Waas) avionics upgrades for the Citation CJ1+, CJ2+, CJ3 and Encore+ as well as certain Citation Excel and XLS airplanes. Cessna has obtained a service bulletin for the installations in the CJ models and Encore+. Waas can be added to Excel and XLS models equipped with the Universal Avionics UNS-1Espw flight management system.
The largest airplane in Cessna’s CitationJet line, the CJ4, received FAA certification on March 12. Cessna delivered the first copy on April 15. The $9 million (2010 $) CJ4 has an mtow of 10,400 pounds. That should grow to 10,600 pounds after S/N 360 and 10,700 pounds after S/N 600, according to the CJ4’s FAA type certificate data sheet. Fuel capacity is 3,220 pounds in two wing tanks.
Cessna Aircraft delivered the first Citation CJ4 on April 15, just a month after obtaining type approval for the light twinjet from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.
Cessna Aircraft has partnered with Williams International to offer customers fixed hourly rates for engine maintenance on most Citation CJs. As part of Cessna’s ProAdvantage maintenance programs, Total Assurance Program (Tap) Advantage provides Citation CJ owners and operators more predictable engine maintenance costs for parts, labor and life-cycle components.
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