Lufthansa Private Jet is showcasing the first aircraft of its own fleet here at the EBACE static display area. Shown in the Cessna CJ3 cabin are Dr. Gerald Wissel, head of Lufthansa Private Jet (left), with Roger Whyte, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Cessna. See full story on page 64.
Goodrich announced during last month’s NBAA Convention the long-anticipated receipt of TSO and STC approvals for its LandMark terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS), which has been selected by Cessna as standard equipment on the new CJ3 and as special equipment options aboard the CJ1 and CJ2.
Rockwell Collins emerged a winner at the NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla., last month with the announcement that the Cedar Rapids, Iowa company’s Pro Line 21 avionics system has been selected as standard for two airplanes launched during the show–the Cessna Citation CJ3 and the Gulfstream G150.
Cessna Aircraft racked up orders for 156 Citation CJ3s (of which 100 are for NetJets and 25 for CitationShares) in the two days following its launch on the opening day of last month’s NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla. The new CJ3 is a stretched derivative of the hot-selling Citation CJ2–itself a stretched derivative of its popular CitationJet/CJ1.
Cessna 525B CitationJet CJ3, Stuart, Fla., March 8, 2008–The NTSB blamed the crew’s failure to reset the brake circuit breaker before taxiing for the airplane’s collision with an unoccupied parked airplane when the brakes didn’t work. The first officer had pulled the brake circuit breaker two days earlier when updating the Jeppesen database to keep the brake hydraulic motor from continuously cycling.
It’s expected that Cessna will announce at this month’s NBAA show the Citation CJ3, reportedly a slightly longer, faster and more powerful version of the company’s hot-selling CJ2, itself introduced into service just two years ago.
The third member of Cessna’s ever-growing Citation CJ series, the CJ3, moved closer to first flight within the next 90 days with final assembly of the first airframe, initial engine runs and the start of taxi trials last month. Powered by two 2,780-pound-thrust Williams FJ44-3As, the $5.895 million CJ3 (about $1 million more than the slightly smaller and less powerful CJ2) is targeted for certification in about 15 months.
Cessna established a trilogy of CitationJet derivatives with the announcement of the CJ3 at the NBAA Convention in Orlando last September. Compared with the CJ2, the CJ3 has a 24-inch-longer cabin, with standard seating for six in a center-club configuration.
The FAA is considering a formal request by Cessna to certify its CJ3 under the commuter category of FAR Part 23. The new jet is a longer and heavier derivative of the 12,500-lb-mtow CJ2 and cannot be certified under the normal category of Part 23. The CJ3 will have a mtow of 13,870 lb. Cessna planned from the start to obtain commuter-category certification, but is required to submit an official request.
The FAA last month awarded type certification to Cessna for its Citation CJ3 light jet and to Bombardier for its long-range Global 5000. The CJ3 features a cabin that is two feet longer than that of the CJ2, new Williams International FJ44-3A engines and advanced fully integrated Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics.