Cessna's production of its Citation Latitude aircraft is on schedule and making progress toward completion of full airframes later this year.
The Citation Latitude was first announced in October 2011, with a maximum range of 2,500 nautical miles, capacity of up to eight passengers and a maximum altitude of 45,000 feet. Cessna is using production tooling to build experimental units for testing to identify and incorporate improvements into the tooling and assembly methods before line production begins next year.
“We’ve started building engineering test articles. The first prototype is expected to fly in first quarter 2014,” said Terry Shriner, business leader for the Citation Latitude.
The company launched an east coast tour for the Citation Latitude mock up earlier this month.