Cessna Citation Mustang Engine Receives Canadian Type Certification

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Cessna's machine-like ability to design, announce, fly, certify and deliver a new version of its wildly popular Citation series will likely remain on track with Pratt & Whitney Canada's announcement last month that it received Transport Canada type certification for its new PW615F engine. Cessna will use two of the engines to power its forthcoming Citation Mustang very light jet (VLJ). Canadian type certification of the PW615F comes less than a month after Cessna received Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) from the FAA for the Mustang. With the recently announced delay in Eclipse Aviation's efforts to certify its Eclipse 500 VLJ, will a race-to-market between these two market-leader wannabes brighten up our summer?

"We are very pleased to have achieved certification of the PW615F engine, the first in the new generation PW600 family of high bypass turbofans," said Andrew Tanner, vice president, Business Aviation, P&WC. The company said it expects similar approvals from the FAA and from European airworthiness authorities to be forthcoming. The PW615F is rated at 1,350 lbs. of thrust and features a dual-channel Full Authority Digital Electronic Control (FADEC). The engine was selected to power the Citation Mustang in January 2003.