2- 6,760 lbs. ea.
Cessna Citation X
The Cessna Citation X is the world's fastest business jet. This high speed capability can save up to one hour's flight time on United States transcontinental flights.
The Cessna Citation X can fly from Los Angeles to New York in about 4 hours and 10 minutes. Due to its ability to fly at higher altitudes Cessna says their aircraft consumes less fuel than similar size jets.
It was on October 21, 1990 that Cessna first announced they would start work on a larger, faster, business jet. However, the program had its delays. On June 14, 1994 the Citation air frame failed FAA test standards testing. Another setback was experienced on July 22, 1994 when engine failure was experienced during high altitude tests.
On April 22, 1996 Cessna engineers proclaimed that all of the testing issues were resolved. That lead to the Cessna Citation X receiving FAA certification on June 3, 1996.
On September 17, 1997 the Cessna Citation X set the 5,000 Km speed record of 544.683 MPH over a closed course.
Transport Canada certified the aircraft on May 22, 1998 followed by Europe Aviation certifying the aircraft on July 17, 1999.
On January 1, 2002 new Cessna Citation X receive more powerful engines and upgraded avionics.
The large intake, high bypass Rolls Royce engines of the Cessna Citation X make it one of the world's quietest business jets while increasing fuel economy.
The wings are designed for high speed efficiency. They have a thin profile and have more back sweep than any other business jet in the world.
The fuselage incorporates design features to keep high speed drag to a minimum. This includes mounting the fuselage on top of the wings, rather than having them run through the fuselage. The Cessna Citation X is the first ever Cessna jet to incorporate this low drag design.
Flight controls are dual redundant hydraulic activated. Besides ailerons, the aircraft incorporates wing spoilers for added control.
The Cessna Citation X has fully computerized electronic instruments incorporating flat panel displays with GPS, plus the latest avionics.
Pilots report the jet as fun to fly. The cabin is roomy and provides six feet of head room. Interior sound, even when climbing at full throttle, is lower than most comparable aircraft.
The aircraft easily handles cross-wind take-offs and landings. However the Citation lands with about fourteen degrees of nose-up and any banking in excess of two degrees will cause a wing tip strike.
Pilots appreciate the high speeds the aircraft is capable of in addition to its abilities to avoid most weather conditions by over-flying them.
While the aircraft is known for its high speed abilities, pilots also appreciate the low speed handling characteristics of the aircraft. Stall characteristics are predictable and easily handled.
A total of some 335 Cessna Citation X aircraft of all types have been produced to date.