Cessna Aircraft Company announced 21 November that the second aircraft in the Citation Longitude flight test program had completed its first flight – just over one month after the first prototype took to the skies.
Aircraft aims to revolutionise business aviation with maximum passenger comfort coupled with impressive range and speed at lower operating costs.
The flight, piloted by Textron Aviation test pilots Scott Foster and Peter Fisher, lasted approximately 90 minutes and reached all of its performance targets. The aircraft will be used in the flight test program primarily for systems testing, while further expanding the aircraft’s performance envelope.
“In the 12 months since we announced the Citation Longitude, our team has been right on target in meeting the program milestones, further validating our industry-leading development process,” said Scott Ernest, president and CEO, Textron Aviation.
“We are coming off of a successful NBAA where we announced increased performance numbers and debuted the prototype aircraft less than a month after first flight – all of which are fuelling robust customer interest around the world. The team remains focused, and we are charging into 2017 with great momentum on the program.”
Cessna announced earlier this month that the Longitude has achieved an improved range of 3,500 nautical miles, an increase of 100 nautical miles, and full fuel payload of 1,600 pounds, an increase of 100 pounds, further establishing the aircraft’s anticipated leadership in its segment.
The second Longitude joins the flight test program that will include multiple flying aircraft in addition to several ground-test articles and more than 40 additional test articles for various sub-systems.
The Citation Longitude is designed specifically for passenger comfort and offers the lowest cabin altitude in its class at 5,950 feet. With seating for up to 12 passengers, the Longitude features a stand-up, flat-floor cabin with a standard double-club configuration and a class-leading walk-in baggage compartment fully accessible in flight.
The aircraft is fitted with LinxUs technology which works with the Central Diagnostics Maintenance system (CDMS) as a fault-isolation system that monitors the aircraft 100 percent of the time.
No super-midsize business jet offers more range, greater payload or higher cruise speed at a lower expected total ownership cost.