In a call to Cessna HQ,
made a short while after landing, Cessna has confirmed that
the Cessna Mustang flew, for the first time, landing
successfully at 1247, local time, Saturday. The first flight lasted
nearly 2 and a half hours.
The PW615F powered bizjet, Cessna's contender in the much
vaunted VLJ sweepstakes, is the fourth conforming flight test VLJ
to fly, after Eclipse Aviation put its third E-500 in the air on
Thursday (though flying, Adam's A700 is not a conforming vehicle
for purposes of FAA certification).
Piloted by Scotty Jergenson and Dave Bonifield, the Citation
Mustang prototype rolled onto the tarmac and departed from
McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas, at 10:26 a.m. (CDT).
The 141-minute flight began with a climb to 11,000 feet where
various stability and control tests were performed, including
cycling of the landing gear, flaps, and speed brakes.
The first flight (shown below) concluded at 12:47 p.m. (CDT)
when the Citation Mustang landed at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport
and was greeted by a crowd of excited Cessna team members.
"When we initially entered the business jet market, we expanded
the market by providing customers with an entry level jet that was
quieter, simpler, safer and less expensive than any other business
jet on the market at that time," said Jack J. Pelton, Cessna's
Chairman, President and CEO. "The Citation Mustang builds upon this
legacy and opens the base of the business jet market further than
before. The Citation Mustang will fill a void in the turbine
aircraft market by offering customers a cabin-class, single pilot
business jet aircraft with impressive performance and an
exceptional price point."
The Citation Mustang prototype is one of three airframes dedicated
to certification efforts. The Citation Mustang prototype will
primarily be used for aerodynamic and system tests. The first
production Citation Mustang (serial number 001) will be used for
avionics development and certification.
The second production Citation Mustang (serial number 002) will
primarily be used for function and reliability tests and post
certification service tests. Cessna anticipates first flights of
the first and second production Citation Mustangs later this year.
"The Citation Mustang program is progressing on schedule," said
Citation Mustang Program Manager Russ Meyer III. "We are extremely
pleased with the results of today's flight. The crew completed all
test conditions, and everything went just as planned."
Currently, the Citation Mustang is being assembled at Cessna's
Wichita facility. However, the Citation Mustang is the first
Citation that will be built at Cessna's Independence, Kansas,
facility. Cessna will begin locating Citation Mustang tooling at
its Independence facility this summer, and will move full
production to Independence in the fourth quarter of 2005.
The Citation Mustang was announced at the 2002 National Business
Aviation Association (NBAA) convention. The Citation Mustang will
be certified as a FAR Part 23 aircraft, with an anticipated cruise
speed of 340 knots, and maximum operating altitude of 41,000
The two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW615F dual-channel FADEC
engines each provide 1,350 lbs of thrust flat rated to ISA+10*C.
The fully integrated, all-glass Garmin International G1000 avionics
suite features three glass displays - two 10-inch PFDs and one
15-inch MFD at the heart of the panel.