Textron Aviation has secured steep-approach approvals from the European and US civil aviation authorities for its Cessna Citation Latitude and Sovereign+ business jets.
The certifications grant approach angles of up to 6.65°, giving operators of the midsize twins access to a wider selection of airports, including London City and Lugano in southern Switzerland.
Rob Scholl, Textron Aviation’s senior vice-president, sales and marketing, believes the steep-approach capability – now standard on both models – will be particularly useful for customers flying in Europe, where, “terrain or environmental regulations” often require this increased capability.
The approach glidepath angle to land at most airports is a steady 3°, Textron says, but Lugano airport’s location in the mouth of a valley requires a very steep 6.65° descent profile, while to meet London City’s stringent noise abatement standards, the airport requires aircraft to descend at an accelerated 5.5° angle.
Source: Flight International