Shortly after departing Wichita Mid-Continent Airport in the Citation Encore, a glance at the rate of climb on the PFD almost forced a double take. The aircraft was climbing in excess of 5,500 fpm, and we'd launched only 630 pounds below MTOW. Granted, it was unseasonably cold, but, even if it had been a standard day, the Encore's initial climb rate would have exceeded 4,800 fpm at that weight. Loaded to its 16,630-pound MTOW, the Encore can climb to FL 450 in 28 minutes in standard ...

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