CJ3+ Rolls Out Two Months After Announcement

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Textron Aviation rolled out the first production CJ3+ Thursday and it may have set a record for the time between its announcement and the pictures in front of the hangar. The aircraft was "first announced on March 20 of this year and is expected to receive FAA certification during the second half of the year," Textron said in a news release. “Today’s rollout occurred just two months after the announcement of the new CJ3+, showing our strength in investment and certification of new products,” said Chris Hearne, vice president, Jets. “We are eager to get the CJ3+ into the hands of customers later this year where they will benefit from the upgraded Garmin G3000 flight deck and incorporation of the latest Citation cabin features.”

The aircraft is fully ADS-B compliant and also adds a wireless media server, integrated satellite phone and high speed internet. The airplane is expected to get single-pilot certification and will seat nine passengers. It has a range of 2,070 nautical miles.