Citation Latitude exceeds range expectations

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line-up of Cessna Citation Latitude flight test aircraft

Cessna says the Citation Latitude flight test programme has shown improvements in the expected aircraft range. Certification of the Citation Latitude is expected in the second quarter of 2015.

The aircraft specification is being changed to reflect an increase in range to 2,700 nm at long-range cruise, an increase of 200 nm. Additionally, runway performance is significantly improved with takeoff distance now 3,668 ft, rather than 4,030 ft in prior projections.

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Scott Ernest, president and CEO of Textron Aviation, says: “The Citation Latitude certification programme is about two-thirds complete and has hit the mark every step of the way. The entire team is focused on ensuring we exceed customer expectations with the new Citation Latitude, whether in terms of design, production quality, or in making improvements like we’ve seen in the performance numbers.”

Cessna now has a fourth Latitude in the testing programme. During the first flight for serial 003, the crew successfully completed the standard production flight test profile.

The Latitude certification flight test programme has more than 600 flight hours in more than 260 flights. The Latitude prototype first flew on schedule in February, followed by two additional aircraft in May and July. Final type certification by the FAA is expected during the second quarter of next year.

The first fully-configured Citation Latitude will make its public debut at NBAA 2014 in Orlando, Florida from 21-23 October.

Ernest adds: “Thanks to the continued investment in the Citation jet product line, we’ve had a busy flight test and new aircraft production schedule. The success of the Citation Latitude program is another indication of our commitment to the owners who use our aircraft every day, around the world.”

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