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Longitude awarded provisional type certificateLongitude awarded provisional type certificate

Super-midsize jet deliveries to begin in 2019Super-midsize jet deliveries to begin in 2019

A provisional type certificate for Cessna’s Citation Longitude super-midsize 12-passenger jet was awarded to parent company Textron Aviation on Dec. 20 and paves the way for operators to begin flight training in preparation for “deliveries early next year,” a news release noted.

Photography courtesy Textron Aviation

Ron Draper, the president and CEO of Textron Aviation, said the milestone was “a pivotal step” on the pathway to production. He cited the aircraft’s “unmatched cabin experience” and “commanding performance” for setting a new business aviation standard.

The model has a stand-up, 6-foot tall flat-floor cabin, a 3,500-nautical-mile range, and a full fuel payload of 1,600 pounds. It has logged more than 1,650 flights and accumulated more than 4,050 hours during testing, according to the manufacturer’s news release announcing the provisional certificate.

A Citation Longitude circumnavigated the globe in 2018, in part to demonstrate “impressive performance figures.”

David Tulis

David Tulis

Associate Editor Web/ePilot
AOPA Associate Editor Web/ePilot David Tulis joined AOPA in 2015 and is a seaplane-rated private pilot who enjoys vintage aircraft, aerobatic flying, and photography.
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