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Monday, October 21, 2013

NBAA: Citation Latitude on Schedule

Cessna announced at NBAA its Citation Latitude mid-size business jet is on schedule for its first prototype flight in the first quarter of 2014.

“We have nearly finished with the Latitude wing, and the Latitude fuselage is almost complete. The team is looking forward to showing some outstanding features to Latitude customers. The Garmin G5000 avionics are clearly a big step ahead in convenience and ease of operation for business jet operators in the mid-size category, but we are also delivering a high-powered cooling system, a stand-up flat floor cabin and in a first for a Cessna Citation, an electronically-operated door,” said Terry Shriner, Cessna business leader for the Latitude.

Latitude has a range of 2,500 nm and a maximum cruising altitude of 45,000 feet (13,106 meters). The Latitude takes up to nine passengers. Avionics on the Latitude consists of four glass touch-screen control panels. Two of the four panels are installed on the center pedestal for MFD control, and two additional panels control each PFD. Pilots can customize displays via the touch-screen control panels, organizing and prioritizing the flight data that’s presented. Additional functionality offered includes tuning communication and navigation radios and managing specific aircraft systems.

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