As of June 5, Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc, announced that its Citation Latitude business jet has achieved FAA type certification. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in the third quarter of this year. The new Citation Latitude represents the perfect balance of comfort and efficiency and is the first business jet to combine a roomy, flat floor and stand-up cabin with a midsize price and best-in-class operating costs.
“From inception, we looked at every aspect of how we design, build and deliver new products to the market, with the goal to further improve upon the key attributes that make the Citation so highly esteemed,” said Scott Ernest, president and CEO of Textron Aviation. “Throughout the certification program, the Latitude demonstrated breakthrough results, which are evident in the aircraft’s performance and value proposition. And now, customers can experience firsthand how the Latitude can reduce operating costs, while increasing productivity and profitability for their businesses.”
Performing beyond expectations.
The Latitude is entering the market with enhanced performance specifications, including increased range of 2,850 nm at long-range cruise and 2,700 nm at high-speed cruise, as well as improved runway performance of 3,580 feet, all of which are reflected in final certification results. Among the first customers is NetJets, which has ordered up to 150 Citation Latitudes, with initial deliveries beginning in 2016.
Innovation in the factory, leadership in certifying new products
Assembly of the Citation Latitude features a variety of technological advancements including the use of new automated robotics, monolithic machined structures and ergonomically-friendly tooling stations, resulting in greater precision throughout the build process. Through these advancements, customers benefit from the highest quality, increased maintenance intervals and reduced aircraft down-times. This, combined with the Latitude’s increased performance, results in up to 20 percent lower operating costs than competing aircraft.
The flight test program for the Latitude began with its first flight in February 2014 and grew to include four test articles that flew 690 flights and amassed 1,697 flight hours. The accelerated test program validated the maturity of the Garmin G5000 avionics system and features such as the new auto-throttles.
The Citation Latitude features a larger fuselage accommodating up to nine passengers, with a flat cabin floor and six feet of cabin height. Improving cabin comfort for passengers and crew alike, the Latitude features a new cabin cooling system and a new pressurization system, which provides a 5,950-foot cabin altitude at the aircraft’s maximum operating altitude of 45,000 feet.
The company’s super-midsize Citation Longitude is expected to be certified in 2017.
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