The new Cessna Citation X is now officially the fastest bizjet on the block, with a speed of almost Mach 1 – so almost the speed of sound.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) confirmed during test flights (SEE VIDEO) in October that the Citation X reaches an operating speed of 536 knots (617 mph/992 kmh), or Mach 0.935. Thereby the Citation X is the fastest civilian aircraft in the world, since the Concorde is no longer there.
The high-speed testing regimen includes handling qualities, stability and control in addition to maneuverability conditions at high speeds. The Citation X high-speed validation was accomplished as a result of collaboration with FAA pilots and Cessna’s Engineering Flight Test Team during the past weeks. CHECK THE VIDEO from the cockpit during a push and recovery maneuver. Over 1,300 hours have been flown in the Citation X test program in preparation for certification, expected in the early part of 2014.
The Citation X has a range of 3,242 nautical miles (6004 km), a seating capacity for 9 people, and the cutting edge Garmin G5000 avionics package. Four intuitive, full-color touch-screen LCD control panels and three 14-inch high-resolution displays face the pilots. Maximum altitude is 51,000 feet, giving the new Citation X the ability to fly above weather patterns and commercial traffic. The aircraft is powered by two so-called FADEC-controlled Rolls-Royce AE3007C2 turbo fan engines.
The Cessna Citation X can fly non-stop from New York to London, Dubai to Singapore, or Panama City to Sao Paulo.