The first production Citation Latitude rolls out of Cessna’s Witchita, Kansas facility, the latest incarnation of the Citation which is the largest fleet of business jets in the world.
This is the latest in the aircraft’s progression toward type certification by the FAA, which is expected in the second quarter of this year. The four flying existing aircraft in the certification programme have accumulated 500 flights and 1,200 hours so far.
“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 assembly of the Latitude features a variety of technological advancements including the use of new automated robotics and ergonomically friendly tooling stations.
The new features of the $14.9m Latitude include an all-new fuselage, creating a much larger and wider cabin for the nine passengers and the Cessna’s Clairity™ cabin-technology system, which ties into the avionics and provides connectivity and entertainment to each passenger.
The Citation Latitude can reach a flight level of 43,000 feet, pressurized to 6,000 feet. Up front the Garmin G5000 avionics package takes centre stage, whilst two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306D1 engines and standard auto-throttles keep the Latitude speeding up to 446 ktas with a range of 2,700 nautical miles.
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