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Cessna static display at Orlando Executive AirportCessna static display at Orlando Executive Airport

The Cessna exhibit features aircraft big and small, from the Corvalis in the foreground (that’s an upgraded Sovereign jet behind it) to a Citation X (The TEN has been renamed the X, its former name.) across from the Corvalis. The Citation X is the first Cessna to have winglets, and it set a record from Alaska to Florida days before the show. (Hint: It could have set the record without winglets. It’s fast.) The winglets have to be small because passive winglets put a greater bending moment on the wing in turbulence and during high-G situations, should those occur. A new technology, active winglets, use a control surface on the winglet (looks like a flap) to spoil the extra lift of the winglet and remove stress from the wing in momentary instances of high loading.

Alton Marsh

Alton K. Marsh

Freelance journalist
Alton K. Marsh is a former senior editor of AOPA Pilot and is now a freelance journalist specializing in aviation topics.

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