Tue, Jan 21, 2003
The Closer it Gets, the Better it Looks
Cessna Aircraft Company announces an improvement
to the Citation Sovereign's Mmo from the original Mach .78 to Mach
.80. The higher Mmo will provide Sovereign pilots with
increased operational flexibility.
"We were confident that we would be able to have a higher Mmo
with the Sovereign," said Randy Nelson, Cessna Vice President of
Engineering. "However, because of the Sovereign's all new wing
design, we needed to verify our engineering data with flight tests
prior to announcing the improved Mmo."
The Citation Sovereign program is expected to complete FAA
certification by the 4th quarter of 2003. Currently, the three
conformed Sovereign aircraft have accumulated over 670 hours in 370
flights. Full-airframe structural fatigue testing and the majority
of static strength certification conditions have been
Citation Sovereign was announced at the 1998 NBAA convention, and
is designed to fill the traditional midsize category market
segment. First flight of the Sovereign prototype occurred on
February 27, 2002. After FAA certification is received in late
2003, the first customer delivery will take place in early 2004.
Sovereign sales activity exceeds 100 orders.
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