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.
The Cessna Citation CJ4 gained FAA type certification last month, with deliveries of the light jet set to begin later this year. The final performance numbers for the $9 million CJ4 include a takeoff distance of 3,130 feet at mtow, a maximum speed of 453 knots and 2,002-nm range with two crew and five pax.
Looking not unlike a T-tail compact version of its Sovereign stablemate, the Cessna Citation CJ4 should have earned its FAA credentials by the time these words are printed. At press time, Cessna said FAA certification of its newest business jet would happen “soon,” and that it would include single-pilot approval and a type rating common to all CJ-series Citations.
Cessna Aircraft has completed all certification testing of its new Citation CJ4 and is in the final stages of FAA type certification approvals, the company said today at the Singapore Airshow. Three CJ4 test aircraft have completed more than 1,100 flights and accumulated more than 2,000 flight hours.
Cessna Aircraft has completed all certification testing on its new Citation CJ4 business jet and is in the final stages of U.S. Federal Aviation Administration type certification approvals. Three CJ4 test aircraft have completed more than 1,100 flights and accumulated more than 2,000 flight hours.
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.
Cessna Aircraft rolled out the first production Citation CJ4 last month and sent it to the paint and interior shops for completion. FAA certification of the largest CJ is in the final stages, according to Cessna, and first deliveries will begin in the first half of next year. The CJ4 flight-test fleet has logged more than 1,000 flights.
Although not ready to call the market upticks of late a thawing of the business aviation marketplace, Cessna CEO Jack Pelton said he’s encouraged by a few recent signs that are trending positive.
Cessna joined the wings and fuselage of the third CJ4 in mid-May, marking major assembly of the first CJ4 in Cessna’s new assembly line using production tooling. The first two production CJ4s were also assembled on production tooling, but not on the new assembly line.
Cessna Aircraft, which announced layoffs totaling roughly 13 percent of its workforce late last year, on Friday sent an e-mail to employees outlining a delay in development of the large-cabin Citation Columbus, as well as further reductions in force, this time in the form of furloughs.