Cessna's Citation CJ2 has exceeded performance specifications in post-certification flight tests designed to pave the way for customer deliveries before the end of the year.


"Post-certification service tests will build flight hours on a new CJ2 to ensure a smooth transition into customer operation," says Randy Nelson, Cessna's director of Citation Sovereign and CJ2 aircraft.

Improvements to the CJ2's performance include: an increase in range from 3,110km (1,680nm) to 3,200km; a cruise speed hike from 400kt (740km/h) to 410kt; a 34kg (75lb) increase in maximum take-off weight to 5,620kg and a reduction in field length/take-off distance from 1,050m (3,450ft) to 1,040m.

The Citation CJ2 is the first aircraft completely developed, manufactured and certificated by Cessna using its integrated team concept, using the expertise of all functional areas during the planning, development and manufacturing process, according to the Wichita, Kansas-based manufacturer.

Source: Flight International