The new Cessna Citation Latitude bizjet has touched its designed limits on its third test flight. The aircraft with reg. no. N3675L took off from the airfield of Wichita in Kansas on 25 February to reach the so-called full envelope performance.
That means it touched its maximum speed of 440 knots (506 mph / 814 kmh), its mach speed (0.80) and its service altitude (45,000 ft). The aircraft was cleared for a direct climb to 45,000 feet with a gross take-off weight of 29,000 pounds.
The next tests for the Latitude will focus on low-speed performance. Certification for the Citation Latitude is expected in the second quarter of 2015. We at AIRheads↑Fly already congratulated the men and women of Cessna on the Latitude’s maiden flight on 18 February 2014.