On January 29, 2015, Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., celebrated the rollout of the first production Citation Latitude, just three years since announcing the aircraft. The Latitude’s assembly features a variety of technological advancements, including the use of new automated robotics and ergonomically-friendly tooling stations. Today’s event is the latest in the aircraft’s progression toward type certification by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which is expected in the second quarter of this year.
“Our product investments extend beyond the design and performance features of the aircraft with innovations in our manufacturing processes,” said Scott Ernest, president and CEO. “The Citation Latitude team has redefined what customers should expect from a business aircraft in this segment, while also redefining the aircraft build process.”
The Citation Latitude certification program, which includes four flying aircraft, has accumulated 500 flights and 1,200 hours to date. The first fully-configured aircraft made its public debut at last fall’s National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention & Exhibition in Orlando, Florida and has since been touring the country for customer demonstration flights.
The Citation Latitude features an all-new fuselage, creating the most open, spacious, bright and refined cabin environment in the midsize category. With a flat cabin floor and six feet of cabin height, the Latitude has the widest fuselage of any Citation jet. Cessna’s Clairity™ cabin-technology system ties into the Latitude’s advanced avionics center to provide connectivity and entertainment to each passenger through their personal electronic devices.
The Citation Latitude accommodates up to nine passengers, can reach a flight level of 43,000 feet in just 24 minutes, and has a range of up to 2,700 nautical miles. It incorporates a powerful new environmental system, a pressurization system providing a 6,000-foot cabin altitude at the aircraft’s maximum operating altitude of 45,000 feet, an electrically-operated cabin door, standard auto-throttles, Garmin G5000 avionics, and Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306D1 engines.
For more information on the Citation Latitude, visit Cessna.com.