Cessna's midsize Citation Latitude is on schedule to make its first flight in 2014, after the Wichita, Kan.-based manufacturer completed the first fuselage for the midsize business jet last week.
(Cessna engineers transferring the Latitude fuselage to static test. Photo, courtesy of Cessna.)
The initial fuselage is being used as a static test article, with plans for a second Latitude test article to be used for structural trials. The first demonstration aircraft will soon begin its build process, according to Terry Shriner, business leader for the Latitude program.
“The major subassemblies for the prototype’s fuselage are complete and nearing the assembly process. The team is doing a great job of hitting each program target," said Shriner.
The aircraft is powered by twin Pratt and Whitney PW306D turbofan engines and is expected to have a maximum cruise speed of 440 knots.
Cessna expects FAA
certification and entry into service for the Citation Latitude in 2015.