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Cessna Citation Latitude Prototype Reaches Maximum Performance Envelope

February 26, 2014 – Cessna Aircraft Company, is celebrating another testing milestone with the Citation Latitude. In only the aircraft’s third flight, the Latitude prototype has successfully achieved full envelope performance for maximum speed (440 KTAS, 506 mph), Mach speed (0.80) and altitude (45,000 ft). 

The aircraft was cleared for a direct climb to 45,000 ft with a gross takeoff weight of 29,000 pounds. The Citation Latitude project was launched as a larger aircraft than the Cessna Citation XLS+ and cheaper than the Cessna Citation Sovereign. 

The Citation Latitude will be powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306D turbofan engines and it will provide seating for 9. Like other Citations, the Citation Latitude will feature a cruciform tail and all metal fuselage. Scott Ernest, Cessna president and CEO, says: “Following last week’s first flight, we are seeing the Citation Latitude’s high-speed capabilities.


“The Latitude is an aircraft that delivers a lot of firsts from Cessna – the wide fuselage, the stand-up cabin with a flat floor, auto-throttles, the electric door and the improved cabin environment. All these achievements stem from listening to the voice of the customer and getting down to the business of delivering what customers need and desire. 

“Cessna’s Citation Latitude is a breakthrough aircraft in many ways, and these successful flights are a testament to our rigorous testing procedures. The Citation Latitude is a clear and resounding affirmation of Cessna’s commitment to new product development, and we feel it delivers an incredible amount of performance and style to the mid-size category.” 

Michael Thacker, Cessna senior vice president of engineering, says: “From an engineering perspective, I am very proud our team has designed an aircraft that is proceeding in a very predictable, reliable manner and displaying characteristics of a very mature system in its first few flights.” The next tests for the Latitude will focus on low-speed performance. Certification for the Citation Latitude is expected in the second quarter of 2015.


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