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