By Juliet Van Wagenen | May 23, 2016
|Cessna Citation Longitude mating fuselage and wing. Photo: Textron Aviation|
[Avionics Today 05-23-2016] Cessna Aircraft Co., a subsidiary of Textron Aviation, announced prior to the start of the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) that it has successfully completed the wing and fuselage mate of the first Cessna Citation Longitude just six months after revealing the new aircraft. This is a significant milestone in the production of the aircraft, which is on track for its first flight this summer and entry into service in 2017.
The Cessna Citation Longitude super-midsize business jet includes the Garmin G5000 flight deck and is powered by Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC)-equipped Honeywell HTF7700L turbofan engines with fully integrated autothrottles. The aircraft offers a full fuel payload of 1,500 pounds, a maximum cruise speed of 476 knots and a high-speed range of 3,400 nautical miles.
The jet will also feature Rockwell Collins flight controls, including Rockwell Collins’ horizontal stabilizer, which trim actuator controls the pitch of the horizontal stabilizer in order to reduce drag and trim the aircraft for optimal efficient flight. Its dual-load-path design provides two independent attachment points between the horizontal stabilizer and the airframe for added safety. Also, the flap actuator system from Rockwell Collins extends and retracts the trailing-edge flap system, which is used to increase lift during slow flight.