Citation X Sprouts Winglets

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The world's fastest business jet just got a little faster and more efficient. Cessna has delivered the first Citation X with elliptical winglets. The winglet kit was developed by Winglet Technology LLC in collaboration with Cessna and received a supplemental type certificate from the FAA in June. "The patented Elliptical Winglet shape ensures the lift distribution closely matches optimum lift distribution along the span of the wing, which reduces the induced drag of the aircraft," Cessna says in a news release. "The resulting drag reduction enhances operational performance for the Citation X including decreased fuel consumption, increased speed and increased range."

The winglets come with new LED anti-collision and marker lights and add a touch of panache to the already fast-looking airplane. All nine Cessna Service Centers will be able to do the installation and spares will be handled through Cessna's own parts distribution organization.