Cessna Rolls Out First Production CJ3…

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Cessna’s first Citation CJ3 manufactured on the production line rolled out the door Feb. 13 at its Wichita, Kan., production facility. The event marked another milestone in the company's certification effort. As of early February, certification flight-testing for the CJ3 has reached over 567.8 hours in 345 flights. Cessna recently finished induced-icing development and certification flights, and has begun flights in natural icing. Simultaneously, the CJ3 airframe undergoing static testing has successfully completed over 200 certified test conditions. Designed for single-pilot operation, the CJ3’s maximum cruise speed is 417 knots at 33,000 feet. With two pilots, full fuel, four passengers and baggage, the CJ3 offers an IFR range of 1,771 nm and a VFR range of 1,900 nm. Service ceiling is 45,000 feet and the maximum gross takeoff weight is 13,870 pounds. Cessna expects to receive FAA certification by mid-2004.