Textron Aviation is displaying its new super-midsize Cessna Citation Longitude for the first time in Europe at EBACE. The Longitude on display is the fourth aircraft to join the test programme, and is the first flying test aircraft with a fully fitted interior.
With four aircraft flying in the Longitude test programme, the company has tested various systems and technologies throughout the last eight months including avionics, stability, handling and cabin technologies.
The program team has also completed many important development and certification tests such as the ultimate load testing, which evaluates the maximum forces the fuselage and wing can endure, as well as extreme climatic and environmental testing at the U.S. Air Force’s McKinley Climatic Laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.
The first Longitude flew in October 2016 and to date, the flight test program has amassed more than 230 sorties, accumulating over 450 hours. A fifth and final flying test article will join the programme this summer. The company anticipates achieving FAA certification by the end of this year (2017), followed by EASA certification next year (2018).
About the Citation Longitude
With a range of 3,500nm and full fuel payload of 726kg (1,600lb), the Longitude is poised for the European market by connecting city pairs such as London to Dubai, Paris to Boston or Geneva to New Delhi.
The Logitude features the next evolution of the Garmin G5000 flight deck – and will also be the launch aircraft for Garmin’s newHead-Up Display. It’s powered by FADEC-equipped Honeywell HTF7700L turbofan engines with fully integrated autothrottles.
Cessna Denali update
Textron’s new single-engine turboprop project, the Cessna Denali, is making progress with the first flight test aircraft starting to be built in July. Test items are already under construction, including a new 5-blade composite propeller that will be 105in in diameter – that’s a whopping 8ft 9in or 2.67 metres!