Sun, Aug 27, 2006
Reinvigorate Your Citation 500 Today!
Nine weeks after celebrating the
first flight of its Cessna Citation 500-based Stallion jet, Sierra
Industries told ANN this week the company received its Supplemental
Type Certificate (STC) for the conversion.
The Stallion -- essentially a Cessna Citation 500/501SP,
modified with more powerful Williams FJ44-2A engines -- is the
latest in Sierra's Citation product improvement program. Preceded
by the Eagle II, the Eagle 400 and Eagle SP, Sierra says its
Stallion enjoys the added power of the FJ44 engine -- but retains
the thinner, classic wing of the Citation I.
"The Stallion offers the exhilarating performance that comes
with a substantial power increase and provides owners with choice
when it is time to overhaul engines," said Sierra CEO Mark
Huffstutler. "We climb the Stallion straight to FL430 at any weight
or temperature and cruise 380 knots on 620 pounds per hour for more
than 1400 miles."
"Another very notable feature of this program is that the
electronic engine controls virtually eliminate any engine
management issues," continued Huffstutler. "These controls
automatically determine the proper power setting from the
conditions present and set the maximum power for that condition --
push the throttles to the stop for takeoff and never touch them
again until descent.
"There is also a considerable difference in the sound and
vibration of the Williams engines which is apparent once you start
the engines. They are extremely smooth and in flight the engine
noise and vibration are noticeably less making for a much quieter
and more comfortable cabin."
Sierra states that like its Eagle II conversion, the Stallion
climbs directly to 43,000 ft and accelerates to a high Mach
Based on the enhanced economics offered by the plane, Sierra
pitches the Stallion as the perfect aircraft for
intermediate-length trips, carrying a crew and six passengers to
and from airports that demand high performance.
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