ANN E-I-C Note: With the unwelcome and
unexpected news of Jack Pelton's sudden "retirement" we thought it
fitting to air our last big Aero-TV interview with Jack... from
last fall's NBAA event, just after we learned (officially) that
Cessna had committed to a reworking of the MIGHTY Citation
X. Few leaders, in GA, were as effective and aggressive about
the future of the GA biz as Pelton and we have a feeling that his
absence will be felt swiftly and significantly... We hope we
haven't seen the last of this flyer. -- Jim Campbell, ANN
When Jack Pelton's troops get an idea to start tinkering with
one of their birds, things tend to get 'interesting' in a big way.
BUT... when the Cessna clan starts tinkering with the fastest
BizJet in the biz, the much lauded (and lusted-after) Citation X;
its simply a matter of time before things get just plane wild.
Welcome to that time.
Cessna has just taken the wraps off the Citation Ten -- a
larger, and more advanced version of the Citation X. In addition to
tweaking the swiftest Citation to faster realms, the bird will
serve as the launch vehicle for the new Garmin G5000 avionics
suite, a Cessna-exclusive advanced cabin management system, and
more powerful/efficient Rolls-Royce engines.
With a first flight scheduled for late 2011 (the viewing line
starts behind us...), certification and first deliveries should
take place in 2013. Just as important, tough, is the fact that this
Citation will better its predecessor with a 211 nautical mile
increase in range at high-speed cruise, a 214-pound increase in
maximum payload and a faster rate of climb direct to 45,000 feet.
The Citation Ten features whole shopping list of cool new
accoutrements -- a 15-inch longer fuselage for more cabin space,
winglets for more efficient performance, a new electrical system,
dual lithium-ion batteries, new avionics, autothrottle, a
redesigned cabin with new interior seats and cabin appointments,
and a proprietary fiber optic-based cabin management system
including the latest interface options for greater in-flight
productivity and connectivity.