The new Cessna Citation Sovereign+ midsize business jet has now been cleared by the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) for flight.
Featuring winglets and the new Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306D engines providing 5,852 pounds of thrust, the Citation Sovereign+ has a range of 3,000 nautical miles (5,556 km), a top speed of 458 knots (848 km/h) and a direct climb to 45,000 feet.
The new cockpit is designed around the Cessna Intrinzic Flight Deck powered by Garmin G5000 avionics. An integrated auto throttle system is meant to streamline the pilots’ tasks. New cabin amenities include the integrated Cessna Clairity cabin management system with touch-screen controllers and all new, larger and more comfortable seats.
In service since 2004, the first generation Citation Sovereign has reached a fleet of 349 aircraft worldwide and amassed more than 802,000 flight hours. The first Sovereign+ production aircraft rolled off the assembly line in Wichita in early March followed by first flight of the unit in April.
Cessna has not disclosed which custom will get the first new Sovereign+, neither when the first delivery takes place. But we at AIRheads↑Fly love to take a look around in the plane. See the official press photo series release right here.