Cessna has received type certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the Cessna Citation CJ3+ less than six months after the new model was announced in March.

“Cessna is committed to new product development and the swift progress of the Citation CJ3+, from announcement to certification and on to the market, is a perfect example of that laser-like focus,” said Chris Hearne, vice president, Jets.

The Citation CJ3+, with seating for up to nine people, is certified for single pilot operation, featuring a number of new systems designed to reduce pilot workload. Building on the popular Citation CJ3, the CJ3+ features an integrated avionics suite from Garmin, the G3000, an automatically controlled cabin pressurization system, and an advanced fault and maintenance diagnostic system.

Garmin G3000
New Garmin G3000 avionics for CJ3+ panel.

Garmin G3000 avionics
The G3000 avionics suite in the Citation CJ3+ includes turbulence detecting weather radar, TCAS II, advanced Terrain Awareness Warning Systems (TAWS), and automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) capabilities which make it compliant with a significant aspect of future Next Generation (NexGen) air traffic control requirements. The aircraft cabin also features a wireless media server, Garmin integrated cockpit and cabin Iridium phone, and high speed internet capabilities.

With a range of up to 2,070 nautical miles, the CJ3+ can fly passengers nonstop from Washington, D.C. to Mexico City; from London to Moscow; from Shanghai to Bangkok; or from Lima to Sao Paulo.

During the past year, Cessna has certified four new Citation models – the Citation M2, Citation Sovereign+, Citation X+ and now the Citation CJ3+. The next new Citation product coming to market within the coming year is the Citation Latitude, expected to certify in the second quarter of 2015.

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