Cessna's Second New NBAA Airplane: Latitude
Cessna announced a second new design at NBAA 2011 in Las Vegas on Monday with a midsize bizjet that's between the XLS and Sovereign in size but different from both in terms of features. The aircraft was designed from the cabin out. It's large for its sector, offering a flat-floor standup (six foot) arrangement with seating for up to eight. It's 77 inches wide, the widest Cessna has ever built. It also has a full stand-up lav with sink and closet. "It's big enough to get changed in," said Cindy Halsey, who designed the cabin features. The aircraft has a 2,000-nm range and full-fuel payload of 1,000 pounds. First flight will be in 2014 and certification is planned for 2015. Price is $14.9 million.
The aircraft will be powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306D FADEC-controlled turbofans. It will operate from fields as short as 3,900 feet and have a maximum cruise of 442 knots. It will be certified to 45,000 feet and climb direct to 43,000 feet in 32 minutes. A lot of attention was paid to the interior finish and appointments and among the features is the Cessna Clarity cabin management system. The system offers flight information and entertainment with easy integration of mobile devices.