The Cessna Citation Longitude business jet has received Type Certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), paving the way for customer deliveries.
Ron Draper, president and CEO of Cessna parent company Textron Aviation, said: “With the broadest line-up of business aviation platforms available worldwide, Textron Aviation welcomes the Longitude into the esteemed Citation family of products and begins a new era of best-in-class solutions for our customers. The Longitude revolution starts now.”
FAA Type Certification follows what the company described as “the most robust flight, structural and component qualification testing completed on a Citation to date”. The experimental and demo fleet completed close to 6,000 hours of flight time. In addition to 11,000 test points during the certification process, the Longitude also completed a world tour demonstrating long-range performance capability and reliability in a variety of environments.
The Longitude is produced at Textron Aviation’s manufacturing facility in Wichita.
With seating for up to 12 passengers, including an optional crew jump seat, the Longitude features a stand-up, 6ft tall flat-floor cabin. Early in the development programme, the Citation Longitude exceeded initial performance targets and achieved an improved transcontinental range of 3,500 nautical miles (an increase of 100 nautical miles) and full fuel payload of 1,600lb (an increase of 100lb). The longest-range Citation delivers a maximum cruise speed of 483kts.
Ed Wenninger, chief pilot for Textron Aviation engineering flight test said: “The Longitude is the best flying Citation yet. The FADEC-equipped Honeywell HTF7700L turbofan engines feature fully integrated autothrottles with envelope protection and provide responsiveness and excellent power.”
The Longitude includes the Garmin G5000 flight deck. The spacious cockpit incorporates easier access and an ergonomic design that fully focuses on crew comfort and efficiency.
Source: Textron Aviation