Rockwell Collins will be offering the Venue HD cabin management system as an aftermarket upgrade for business aircraft. It has now been certified on the new Hawker Beechcraft King Air 350i turboprop twin and Cessna Citation CJ4.
Cessna Aircraft last month announced the introduction of wide-area augmentation system (Waas) avionics upgrades for the Citation CJ1+, CJ2+, CJ3 and Encore+ as well as certain Citation Excel and XLS airplanes. Cessna has obtained a service bulletin for the installations in the CJ models and Encore+. Waas can be added to Excel and XLS models equipped with the Universal Avionics UNS-1Espw flight management system.
The largest airplane in Cessna’s CitationJet line, the CJ4, received FAA certification on March 12. Cessna delivered the first copy on April 15. The $9 million (2010 $) CJ4 has an mtow of 10,400 pounds. That should grow to 10,600 pounds after S/N 360 and 10,700 pounds after S/N 600, according to the CJ4’s FAA type certificate data sheet. Fuel capacity is 3,220 pounds in two wing tanks.
Cessna Aircraft delivered the first Citation CJ4 on April 15, just a month after obtaining type approval for the light twinjet from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.
The Cessna Citation CJ4 gained FAA type certification last month, with deliveries of the light jet set to begin later this year. The final performance numbers for the $9 million CJ4 include a takeoff distance of 3,130 feet at mtow, a maximum speed of 453 knots and 2,002-nm range with two crew and five pax.
Looking not unlike a T-tail compact version of its Sovereign stablemate, the Cessna Citation CJ4 should have earned its FAA credentials by the time these words are printed. At press time, Cessna said FAA certification of its newest business jet would happen “soon,” and that it would include single-pilot approval and a type rating common to all CJ-series Citations.
Cessna Aircraft has completed all certification testing of its new Citation CJ4 and is in the final stages of FAA type certification approvals, the company said today at the Singapore Airshow. Three CJ4 test aircraft have completed more than 1,100 flights and accumulated more than 2,000 flight hours.
Dr. Sam Williams, founder and chairman of engine manufacturer Williams International, died on June 22 at the age of 88. Best known in business aviation for his small turbofan engines, Williams envisioned a new category of small personal jets. His FJ44 engine spawned the development of aircraft such as Cessna’s CitationJet series and the Emivest SJ30.
Cessna Aircraft has partnered with Williams International to offer customers fixed hourly rates for engine maintenance on most Citation CJs. As part of Cessna’s ProAdvantage maintenance programs, Total Assurance Program (Tap) Advantage provides Citation CJ owners and operators more predictable engine maintenance costs for parts, labor and life-cycle components.
Cessna Aircraft rolled out the first production Citation CJ4 last month and sent it to the paint and interior shops for completion. FAA certification of the largest CJ is in the final stages, according to Cessna, and first deliveries will begin in the first half of next year. The CJ4 flight-test fleet has logged more than 1,000 flights.