The new Cessna Citation CJ3+ made its first production flight on 28 July 2014 from the company field adjacent to Mid-Continent Airport of Wichita, Kansas, USA. On the throttle production flight test pilot Mark Tuttle, who took the plane for a 73 minutes spin.
The new aircraft was first announced on 20 March 2014 and Cessna expects the Federal Aviation Administration to certify the type later this year.
The newest aircraft in the popular line of CJ-series jets includes all-new interiors with a redesigned cabin and cockpit, new pressurization and new diagnostics systems. The CJ3+ features the Garmin G3000 avionics suite, which includes turbulence detecting weather radar, TCAS II, advanced Terrain Awareness Warning Systems (TAWS), and the installation of automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) capabilities. The addition of ADS-B capability makes the CJ3+ compliant with a significant aspect of announced Next Generation (NexGen) air traffic control requirements. The aircraft also features a wireless media server, Garmin integrated cockpit and cabin Iridium phone, and high speed internet capabilities.
With its long range cruise of up to 2,070 nautical miles (3,833 km), the CJ3+ can fly up to nine passengers non-stop from Washington D.C. to Mexico City; or from from San Diego in California to Juneau in Alaska; or from Lima in Peru to São Paulo, Brazil. The CJ3+ is expected to receive single-pilot certification.