While Cessna Upsizes...

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Each year at NBAA, much of the buzz focuses on the new airframes being announced and which company looks like it has the upper hand in the market's various tiers. A perennial contender in each convention's sweepstakes for the most sweeping new-aircraft announcement, Cessna this year announced it will be plus-sizing two of its best-selling jets. Instead of the Citation CJ1 and CJ2, look for the CJ1+ and CJ2+. According to the company, the Citation CJ1+ will offer greater performance, a new integrated avionics suite, enhanced cabin features and expanded standard equipment when compared to its predecessor. Meanwhile, Cessna says the Citation CJ2+ will provide "the most advanced avionics suite ever seen on this class of aircraft" and be powered by the Williams FJ44-3A-24 dual-channel FADEC engine, which is similar to the Citation CJ3ís FJ44-3A engine but derated to 2,400 pounds of thrust. Separately, Cessna announced it will be hiring some 600 new workers to help it meet the coming demand. The standard Citation CJ1+ Collins Pro Line 21 avionics package is nearly identical to that offered on the new Citation CJ2+ and Citation CJ3. Optional CJ1+ avionics include electronic charts showing "geo-referenced aircraft position on airport diagrams, interactive graphical weather, and Honeywell Mark VIII EGPWS," said Cessna. The CJ2+ will be designated as a model 525A, allow single-pilot operation and come with 17 of the Citation CJ2ís most popular options, plus 10 new features that were unavailable on the Citation CJ2. The CJ2+ will have standard broadcast graphical weather showing NEXRAD information, text METARs and text TAFs. Optional CJ2+ avionics equipment includes electronic charts showing geo-referenced position on airports, interactive graphical weather, and Honeywell Mark VIII EGPWS. In the cabin, new standard items include 110-volt electrical outlets (two outlets in the cabin and one in the cockpit), left-hand belted flushing toilet, left-hand storage and indirect LED lighting.