Thu, May 08, 2003
Cessna's so-new Citation CJ3 has successfully completed multiple
milestones during the first three weeks of its flight test.
The CJ3 made Cessna history on April 17, 2003, when it took its
first and second flights the same
day. That, the company tells us, "...attests to the maturity of the
CJ3's development and design."
The airplane logged 1.7 hours in its first flight and 1.4 hours
in its second flight. Systems tested include the basic stability
and control; operated the landing gear, flaps, speedbrakes and trim
system; and evaluated engine operating characteristics and slow
flight capabilities. To date, the CJ3 has made 5 flights and logged
You can learn a lot in 8.7 hours: Other recent accomplishments
include confirmation of anticipated stall characteristics and
The (single-pilot-eligible) CJ3
offers a maximum cruise speed of 417 knots at 33,000 feet. With two
pilots, full fuel, four passengers and baggage, the CJ3 offers an
IFR range of 1,664 nm and a VFR range of 1,900 nm. Service ceiling
is 45,000 feet and the maximum gross takeoff weight is 13,870 lbs.
The time to climb directly to 45,000 feet at maximum gross takeoff
weight is 35 minutes.
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