Updates on some of the more active development programs among business aircraft
Cessna Citation Latitude
The Latitude will be the first business jet from in three decades to have a larger fuselage cross-section than the Citation III. Development of Cessna's first super-midsize jet now is well underway. Projected range has been increased from 2,000-2,300 nm to make it more competitive with archrival Legacy 450. Top speed will be 442 KTAS. To verify the Latitude's range and cruise speed performance, two rounds of high-speed wind tunnel tests have been completed. Based upon Sovereign wing performance, average cruise speed should be close to Mach 0.72 , BCA estimates.
Retaining the wing aerodynamics of the Citation Sovereign, though, assures a 3,900 ft. TOFL, the best runway performance of any aircraft in its class. It also should be able to climb directly to FL 430 in 23 min. Most systems will be similar to the Sovereign's and the new model will be added as a derivative model on the Sovereign's type certificate. However, it will be updated with Garmin G5000 avionics with touch-screen control panels.
With full fuel, the aircraft should be able to carry five passengers. The standard interior will have a two-place side-facing divan on the right side of the forward cabin, four club seats in the center cabin and two forward-facing chairs in the aft cabin. An additional seat, opposite the toilet in the lavatory, will be optional.
The aircraft will have a flat floor, large cabin windows, Cessna's new high reliability Clairity cabin management system and the lowest price tag of any super- midsize jet. A light empty weight should also give it the lowest operating costs in its class.
The first metal for the aircraft will be cut in 2014. First flight is scheduled for mid-2014. Certification and entry into service are slated for 2015.