In a major milestone for the revolutionary Cessna Citation Longitude super-midsize jet, the Cessna Aircraft Company announced that it successful powered the electrical distribution system on the aircraft, marking a major step towards the maiden flight of the type, which is expected later this year.
The latest milestone follows just three weeks after the company successfully mated the wing and fuselage of the first Longitude in May.
“We continue to meet our milestones through an industry-leading development schedule in order to get the Longitude into the hands of our customers,” said Scott Ernest, president and CEO, Textron Aviation.
“The power on stage allows our team to begin verifying the aircraft’s electrical power system and paves the way for functional tests and engine runs that will get us to first flight in the coming months.”
The clean-sheet design Cessna Citation Longitude is a super-midsize jet, with a stand-up, flat-floor cabin that can accommodate up to 12 passengers.
Power comes from twin FADEC-equipped Honeywell HTF7700L turbofan engines with fully integrated autothrottles. The cockpit features a Garmin G5000 flight deck with head-up display and enhanced vision capability.
The Longitude can achieve a maximum cruise speed of 476 knots and has a high-speed range of 3,400 nautical miles.