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October 9, 2011
By Alton K. Marsh
Cessna Aircraft’s new Citation Ten will fly before the end of the year, with deliveries planned for the second half of 2013. Cessna officials said the program is adhering to its original schedule. Cessna showed a mockup of the aircraft cabin at the National Business Aviation Association convention in Las Vegas.
The aircraft has a G5000 avionics system and Clairity, Cessna’s new cabin information and entertainment system that is received on an iPad or smartphone.
The cabin keeps track with Cessna’s other new jet, the Citation M2 based on the Citationjet CJ1+. The seats have new armrests and amenities that represent recent Cessna customer surveys. The Citation Ten is a mid-size jet that will get to altitude faster and travel farther than the Citation X. It has increased fuel efficiency and new comfort features for up to nine passengers and two pilots.
Two Rolls-Royce AE 3007C2 engines will power the jet. The will allow a 36,600 pound (16,601 kilogram) maximum takeoff weight Citation Ten get off the ground in 5,140 feet (1,567 meters) and produce a maximum cruise speed of 527 knots true airspeed (976 kilometers) and a certified ceiling of 51,000 feet (15,545 meters). The maximum range of the Citation Ten is 3,245 nautical miles (6,010 kilometers), “putting city pairings such as New York-London, Boston-San Francisco, London-Dubai, and Miami-Seattle within convenient one-hop flights,” according to a press release.
The Citation Ten is 15 inches longer than the Citation X, providing more legroom in the forward club seating area.
The Garmin G5000 integrated flight deck has multi-function displays with split-screen capability, allowing continuous monitoring of engine, flight control, hydraulic, and electrical systems. Garmin’s SVT synthetic vision technology on the primary flight displays provides a virtual view of runways, terrain, traffic, and obstacles. Electronic charts with aircraft position overlay provide situational awareness during approach.
Learn more about the Citation Ten on Cessna’s YouTube channel.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
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