April 26, 2010
By Thomas A. Horne
The first of Cessna’s Citation CJ4s is now in a lucky (unnamed) customer’s possession. The delivery comes less than a month after the airplane was certified. The owner took advantage of a new, proprietary program offered by Cessna—GreenTrak.
GreenTrak is flight planning software that uses cost indexing to minimize total trip cost by balancing direct operating costs, fuel burn, and carbon emissions.
The CJ4 is a six- to seven seat, 453-knot, 2,000-nm twinjet powered by 3,621-lbst Williams FJ-44-4A engines. It’s equipped with a four-screen Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite, Collins’ new “Venue” cabin entertainment system, dual Mode S transponders, TCAS II, Class A TAWS, weather radar, and datalink weather.
The airplane sells for $9 million and is certified for single-pilot operations. Pilots type rated to fly the Citations CJ1+, CJ2+, and CJ3 can step up to flying the CJ4 single-pilot by taking a course that focuses on the procedural differences between the CJ4 and the other CJs in the series.
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne has worked at AOPA since the early 1980s. He began flying in 1975 and has an airline transport pilot and flight instructor certificates. He’s flown everything from ultralights to Gulfstreams and ferried numerous piston airplanes across the Atlantic.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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