Tue, Feb 16, 2010
At Cessna Aircraft, “safety begins with a durable
airframe.” Each airframe is stress-tested five times the
aircraft’s standard lifetime; yet, Cessna’s renowned
safety and reliability begins on the production line.
State-of-the-art technology allows employees to create
replicable, seamless assembly for each new aircraft on the line. In
the first of his four-part series, Baker describes the CJ4’s
fuselage build process.
The Citation CJ4 will debut two new dual-channel, FADEC
controlled Williams International FJ44-4A engines. The turbofan
engines each produce 3,400 pounds of takeoff thrust, allowing the
aircraft to takeoff at max weight with as little as 3,300 feet of
After takeoff, the Citation CJ4 is capable of a direct climb to
45,000 feet in just 28 minutes. In addition, the CJ4 will offer
increased performance over earlier projections with a maximum
cruise speed of more than 450 knots and a maximum range of over
2,000 nautical miles.
On February 2nd, 2010, Cessna announced the completion of all
certification testing. Three Citation CJ4 test aircraft completed
over 1,100 flights with more than 2,000 flight hours accumulated.
With the CJ4 in the final stages of F.A.A. type certification
approvals, the company expects deliveries to begin in late
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