May 24, 2011
By Alton K. Marsh
Cessna Aircraft’s upgrade to the Citation X, called the Citation Ten, is making progress and is expected to fly by the end of 2011, with deliveries in 2013. The upgraded model is designed to make the Ten go higher, faster, and farther than the Citation X.
The new model was announced last year at the National Business Aviation Association convention. It is considered a mid-size jet and carries nine passengers and two pilots. The Citation X is already touted by the company as the world’s fastest certified business jet.
The two Rolls-Royce AE 3007C2 engines will give the aircraft a maximum cruise speed of 527 knots and a certified ceiling of 51,000 feet. The Ten is 15 inches longer than the Citation X, providing extra passenger legroom in the forward club seating area.
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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