Textron Aviation has added a fourth Cessna Citation Longitude to its flight-test fleet, taking the programme toward gaining a Federal Aviation Administration type certification later this year.
The aircraft, which is outfitted with a fully configured interior, will be used to evaluate the fit and finish of the interior, as well as the environmental control system, pressurization and cabin technologies.
The fourth Longitude took to the skies for the first time on Saturday, May 6, from the company’s Wichita Beech Field East Campus.
“With four aircraft now flying in the Longitude test program in less than eight months, we are demonstrating that our product development processes and teams are second to none in the industry,” said Brad Thress, senior vice president of Engineering. “In addition to further systems testing, this fourth aircraft allows us to evaluate the overall passenger experience in the cabin, which is just as vital as the performance and technology in the cockpit.”
The first Citation Longitude flew in October 2016 and to date the flight test program has completed more than 200 flights, accumulating nearly 400 hours.