Cessna's Citation CJ2+ Gets FAA Papers

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If youíve been awaiting delivery of your very own Citation CJ2+, you may not have much longer until you get the keys. Thatís because Cessna last week said the FAA has granted type certification to the newest member of the manufacturerís lineup, which was first announced less than a year ago, at the National Business Aviation Associationís annual convention. The Model 525A Citation CJ2+ -- a growth model of the CJ2 -- was certified after slightly more than 80 flights and 190 flight hours. When compared to its predecessor, the "plus" model offers an increased maximum payload of 300 pounds over the CJ2, which the company says enables operation in a weight environment of "single pilot plus 1,800 pounds." "Receiving certification on the CJ2+ speaks clearly to the very important and ongoing partnership between our customers and our employees," said Jack J. Pelton, Cessnaís chairman, president and CEO.

"We look forward to providing new Citation family members with the exceptionally high standards of safety, quality, comfort, and affordability that have become synonymous with the name Cessna," Pelton added. In addition to improved payloads, the CJ2+ís performance was also enhanced, with the ability to climb directly to FL450 feet in 34 minutes at its maximum takeoff weight, a maximum cruise speed of 413 knots at FL310 and a four-passenger, 1,550-nm NBAA IFR range. The CJ2+, which is powered by twin Williams FJ44-3A-24 engines rated at 2,400 pounds of thrust, can take off in 3,360 feet and land in less than 3,000 feet.