The Cessna Citation range – already the world’s largest business aircraft fleet – has a new family member. The Wichita-based firm today announced the Citation Encore+ an upgraded version of the successful light jet.
The Encore + has an increased payload of 200lb (90kg) over the Encore, giving a load of 6,600lb over and above the two pilots. The key “plus” factor as in the CJ1+ and the CJ2+ is the introduction of the Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite.
The primary flight displays (PFD) and enhanced multi function display (MFD) are presented on three 8 x 10in (200 x 250mm) active matrix color liquid crystal displays. The fully integrated system includes a file server with cursor control panel, electronic approach plates and enhanced map overlays, Pro Line 21 communication, navigation and surveillance (CNS) radios along with Collins FMS 3000 with aircraft-specific database;
Safety features include the TCAS II, EGPWS and next generation Doppler Radar information, along with real-time METAR and TAF reports.
“There are significant improvements in efficiency, crew situational awareness and payload,” said Cessna president Jack Pelton at a briefing this morning.
Encore+ is also benefiting from the upgraded Pratt & Whitney Canada PW535B engines equipped with FADEC and rated at 3,400lb (15kN) of thrust.The powerful engines take the Encore+ to 45,000ft (13,720m) in just 28min and to cruise at 429kt (795km/h). With seven passengers and two crew, the new Encore is guaranteed by Cessna to have better operating costs than a turboprop.
The new upgrade will be available in February 2007 – certification is expected in the third quarter of 2006.
Source: Flight Daily News