Textron Aviation has announced that the Cessna Citation Longitude super-midsize jet has received provisional type certification from the FAA. According to Textron, the Longitude flight test program has been completed, with the aircraft having accomplished more than 1,650 flights for approximately 4,050 hours of flight time. Provisional type certification will allow future operators to begin flight training for the aircraft. The company says Longitude production is underway and deliveries are scheduled to begin early next year.
“From an unmatched cabin experience to its commanding performance, the Citation Longitude truly sets a new standard for the business aviation industry,” said Textron Aviation CEO Ron Draper. “Our focus remains on equipping our customers with this revolutionary aircraft, and achieving this milestone is a pivotal step as we complete the final phase of the program.”
The Citation Longitude is powered by FADEC-equipped Honeywell HTF7700L turbofan engines. It has a range of 3,500 nautical miles, a full fuel payload of 1,600 pounds and seating for up to 12 passengers. The cockpit setup includes the Garmin G5000 flight deck and Garmin GHD 2100 Head-up Display.