Cessna Update: CJ3 Equipment, Performance
Cessna Aircraft Company announced earlier this month two upgrades to the forthcoming Citation CJ3 model: an improved standard-equipment package and increased payload. According to the company, all Citation CJ3s will now come equipped with a standard FMS performance database making takeoff and landing performance data more readily accessible, while V-speeds will be calculated and posted to the primary flight display. According to the company, Cessna's announcement means the CJ3 will be the only aircraft in its class with such equipment delivered as standard. Meanwhile, the same standard-equipment, full-fuel payload will be approximately 70 pounds greater than projected when the aircraft was announced in 2002. The CJ3's revised full-fuel payload has increased from 800 to 870 pounds.
The to-be-certified Citation CJ3 includes the Collins Pro Line 21 avionics system, equipped to be RVSM-compliant. Other avionics features include an Integrated Flight Information System (IFIS) with cursor control panel and enhanced map overlays, dual panel-mounted radio tuning units and the Collins FMS-3000. The Citation CJ3 is designed for single-pilot operation. Its maximum cruise speed is 417 knots at 33,000 feet. With two pilots, full fuel, four passengers and baggage, the CJ3 offers an IFR range of 1,771 nm and a VFR range of 1,900 nm. Cessna has three CJ3 flight-test airplanes in the certification program, which have flown more than 626.7 hours in over 403 flights. Cessna anticipates CJ3 certification in mid-2004 with first customer deliveries in late 2004.