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Longitude earns type certificationLongitude earns type certification

Editor's note: This article was updated Sept. 27 to correct inaccurate information about when the Citation Longitude first flew. AOPA regrets the error.

Textron Aviation’s Cessna Citation Longitude earned its type certificate about three years after its maiden flight. 

Photo courtesy of Textron Aviation.

The 483-knot, 3,500-nautical-mile super-midsize Longitude is now Cessna’s flagship, and features a maximum range that’s 300 nm greater than the previous front-runner in the Citation fleet, the Sovereign. A clean-sheet design, the Longitude is powered by two full authority digital engine control Honeywell HTF7700L turbofan engines. The NextGen-ready cockpit features Garmin’s three-screen G5000 avionics suite with synthetic vision, autothrottles, and in-flight diagnostics reporting, and can be fitted with optional Link 2000+ Controller-Pilot Datalink Communications (CPDLC) and FANS 1/A capability.

The six-foot-high, 6-foot-5-inch-wide, 25-foot-2-inch-long cabin can accommodate as many as 12 passenger seats, with a double-club seating arrangement serving as standard equipment. An optional aft couch is available, as is an optional forward side-facing seat. The Longitude cabin has a flat floor and allows in-flight access to the aft baggage compartment. The seats are berthable. Full-fuel payload is posted as 1,600 pounds.

Textron says that the Longitude offers the most range, payload, and speed of any super-midsize jet. The $27 million Longitude’s competition includes Bombardier’s Challenger 350, Embraer’s Praetor 500 and 600, and Gulfstream’s G280.

Thomas A. Horne

Thomas A. Horne

AOPA Pilot Editor at Large
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.
Topics: Turbine Aircraft

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