Cessna has announced two new jets for its CJ-series of business aircraft. They are the CJ2+ Alpine Edition and CJ3+.

The new CJ3+ includes a state-of-the-art fully integrated Garmin G3000 avionics suite, all-new interiors with a redesigned cabin and cockpit, new pressurisation, and new diagnostics systems.

Kriya Shortt, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing, said, “The CJ3+ is another example of how Cessna listens to customers to deliver an aircraft that meets their aviation needs now and in the future. Customers are already pleased with the CJ-series, but they also appreciate the new features of the G3000 system. Combining all these avionics features with a fresh new interior and other significant upgrades strengthens an already powerful jet and makes its value proposition even more compelling for customers.”

Additional features of the CJ3+╒s new G3000 avionics include improved turbulence detecting weather radar, TCAS II, advanced Terrain Awareness Warning Systems (TAWS), a wireless media server, Garmin integrated cockpit and cabin Iridium phone, and high speed internet capabilities from Aircell.

The CJ3+ includes the installation of automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) capabilities, bringing the aircraft in compliance with this aspect of Next Generation (NextGen) air traffic control requirements.

Cessna╒s CJ3+ is expected to receive FAA certification during the second half of the year, with deliveries following afterward. With its range of up to 1,875 nm, the CJ3+ can fly passengers nonstop from Washington, DC to Mexico City, from San Diego, Calif. to Juneau, Alaska, or from Lima, Peru to Sao Paulo, Brazil. The CJ3+ is expected to receive single-pilot certification and has maximum seating capacity for nine passengers.

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The new Alpine Edition CJ2+ modification package includes Garmin G3000 avionics, making the jet compliant with Next Generation (NextGen) requirements. In addition to the avionics upgrade, the Alpine Edition CJ2+ features new pressurisation and environmental systems, the latest diagnostics systems, and a redesigned cockpit.

Matt Wild, Cessna Alpine Edition program manager, said, “We developed this program centered around putting the [Garmin] G3000  [avionics] along with other system updates on an existing CJ2+ aircraft. The engineering flight test program is underway, with certification expected this summer and deliveries to start soon after.”

In addition to the Garmin G3000 avionics, the Alpine Edition includes increased access to the cockpit with the removal of seven inches from the legacy pedestal, improved turbulence detecting weather radar, TCAS II, advanced Terrain Awareness Warning Systems (TAWS), a wireless media server, Garmin integrated cockpit and cabin Iridium phone, and high speed Internet capabilities from Aircell.

The Alpine Edition CJ2+ package includes the installation of  automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) capabilities, bringing the aircraft in compliance with this aspect of NextGen air traffic control requirements. Alpine Edition will also offer exclusive exterior paint schemes and interior packages as optional upgrades.

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