Cessna Aircraft Company’s personnel rolled out the first production Citation Latitude at the company’s Wichita manufacturing facility in Kansas, USA, on 29 January 2015.
The assembly of the Latitude features a variety of technological advancements including the use of new automated robotics and ergonomically friendly tooling stations. Today’s event is the latest in the aircraft’s progression toward type certification by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which is expected in the second quarter of this year, roughly more than three years after Cessna announced the Latitude.
The Citation Latitude certification program, which includes four flying aircraft, has accumulated 500 flights and 1,200 hours to date. The first fully-configured aircraft made its public debut at last Fall’s National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention & Exhibition in Orlando, Florida and has since been touring the country for customer demonstration flights.
See the Cessna Citation Latitude in flight
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The Citation Latitude features an all-new fuselage. It has a flat cabin floor and six feet (1.83 meters) of cabin height. The aircraft accommodates up to nine passengers, can reach a flight level of 43,000 feet (13,106 metres) in just 24 minutes and has a range of up to 2,700 nautical miles (5,000 kilometres). It has an electrically-operated cabin door, Garmin G5000 avionics, two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306D1 engines and standard auto-throttles.
More than 6,750 Citations of all versions have been delivered to customers around the world since the first Cessna Citation business jet was put into service in 1972. Together Citations have surpassed 31 million flight hours.
Featured image (top): Roll-out of the first production Latitude at the Cessna plant in Wichita, Kansas (Image © Cessna Aircraft Company)