Cessna's Citation CJ3 FAA-Certified

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The FAA presented Cessna with full Type Certification for the Model 525B Citation CJ3 in Wichita last Friday. The newly certified Citation completed 150 hours of function and reliability testing on Oct. 9. Cessna plans to deliver the first Citation CJ3 later this year. The CJ3 has a longer cabin than the CJ2, new Williams International FJ44-3A engines and a fully integrated Collins avionics system. The jet is certified for single-pilot operation and has a maximum cruise speed of 417 knots at 33,000 feet, according to Cessna. Service ceiling is 45,000 feet and the maximum gross takeoff weight is 13,870 pounds. The CJ3's certification comes two years after the program was announced at the 2002 NBAA Convention. Cessna says it has received over 100 orders for the CJ3.