Welcome to our latest installment of “Aircraft of the Month”!
This November, we will be reviewing the Cessna Citation Longitude, one of the best long-range super midsize corporate jets out there at the moment!
The Cessna Citation Longitude, made in the United States by Textron Aviation, is a long- range super midsize business jet belonging to the Cessna Citation family. It was announced at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in May 2012. It passed its maiden flight on October 8, 2016, and earned Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Type certification three years later in September 2019, after 6’000 flight hours, 11’000 test points, and a 31’000 nm (57’000 km) tour around the world. The first Cessna Citation Longitude was delivered to NetJets on December 31, 2019. The average cost of the aircraft, currently in production, is approximately USD 27 million.
The aluminum airframe of the Cessna Citation Longitude is 22.3 m long and 5.92 m high, with a wingspan of 21.01 m and a wing area of 49.9 m2. Its wings, composed of aluminum as well, incorporate moderate winglets. The wings are swept at an angle of 26.8o, for both the inner and outer section. Note: Swept wings enhance the stability of an aircraft flying at high speeds. Interestingly, the airframe has a T-tail empennage and area rule fuselage contouring. To facilitate boarding, loading and unloading, the aircraft is equipped with an electrically operated airstair.
The aircraft’s cabin is quite large (7.67 m long, 1.96 m wide, with a standup height of 1.83 m), with plenty of legroom to guarantee passenger comfort. It has space for 2 crewmembers (with option of one additional member), in addition to 8-12 passengers. The cabin is pressurized to the equivalent of 1’810 m, creating a super quiet and passenger-friendly environment. It features a generous, both heated and pressurized baggage space (baggage capacity: 506 kg), easily accessible throughout the flight.
The cabin also features 15 cleverly placed large windows that allow a pleasant inflow of natural light, and an optimal viewing experience.
The interior of the aircraft is customizable, with multiple configurations to meet passenger business and leisure requirements alike. The seats are expertly designed for smoother mobility and comfort. The cabin is equipped with a modern wireless cabin management system with Bluetooth capability. In addition, the cabin includes a spacious galley kitchen, with generous cold storage, hot and cold water supply, large supply cabinets, and space for an optional espresso maker and microwave oven.
The Cessna Citation Longitude is powered by two fuel-efficient Honeywell HTF7700L turbofan power plants, each providing 34.10 kN of thrust, with low maintenance and direct operating costs.
The maximum takeoff weight of the aircraft is 17’917 kg. Its maximum cruising speed is 895 km/hr, equivalent to 0.84 Mach. The long-range jet can travel up to 3’500 nm, equivalent to 6’482 km. The maximum cruising altitude of aircraft is 13’716 m. The aircraft can take off in 1’466m, and land in 966 m.
The aircraft is also equipped with an ice detection system that automatically detects icing conditions, and notifies the crew when to activate ice protection systems.
To enhance maintenance efficiency and reduce downtime, the aircraft is equipped with the LINXUS software. The software records and reports diagnostics in real time.
The Cessna Citation Longitude is equipped with an advanced cockpit environment: The Garmin G5000 flight deck, with touch-screen control, autothrottles, enhanced vision and an optional Head-Up-Display (HUD). The advanced flight-deck is also coupled with two independent and autonomous hydraulic systems, brake-by-wire and fly-by-wire, providing pilots with backup mechanical control.
That’s all for now, peeps …
Stay tuned for next month’s installment of Aircraft of the Month!