Citation CJ3 is First to Integrate Electronic Charts

July 27, 2004

Oshkosh, WI - July 27, 2004 - EAA AirVenture attendees will have a first-hand look at Cessna's soon-to-be-certified Citation CJ3. The Citation CJ3 has entered the final stages of FAA certification tests, and is expected to receive full FAA type certification during the third quarter of 2004.

Although the Citation CJ3 is still completing final FAA certification flights, FAA tests already completed strongly confirm that it will be the most advanced aircraft in its class. The Citation CJ3 will be the first aircraft in its class to have FAA approval on electronic charts that are integrated with a Flight Management System (FMS) performance database. The Collins Pro Line 21 system will display the airplane's position on approach and airport diagrams. The avionics will also show departure; arrival procedures; and enhanced map overlays showing geopolitical maps (state boundaries, rivers, larger lakes, etc.), airspace boundaries, and high and low federal airways. The electronic charts, which are optional equipment, will be visible on the Citation CJ3's 8-inch by 10-inch enhanced central Multi-Function Display (MFD).

The FMS performance database is fully integrated with the electronic charts, and will provide takeoff and landing performance data at the customer's fingertips. The V-speeds will be automatically calculated after the number of passengers is entered, and then posted to the Primary Flight Display (PFD).

In addition to the state-of-the-art electronic charts offered on the Pro Line 21 system, Cessna has also made the co-pilot's PFD with second air data computer standard equipment. Like the MFD, both PFDs are displayed on an 8-inch by 10-inch active matrix color liquid crystal display.

Other standard avionics features include Collins FMS-3000, dual Radio Tuning Units (RTUs), digital Comm and Nav radios, digital audio control panels, Goodrich Skywatch HP TCAS I, Goodrich Landmark Class B TAWS, Goodrich GH-3000 ESFD, Smiths EHSI, Three-frequency ELT, cockpit voice recorder provisions and 44-amp battery.

Designed for single pilot operation, the CJ3's maximum cruise speed is 417 knots at 33,000 feet. With two pilots, full fuel, four passengers and baggage, the aircraft has an IFR range of 1,664 nm and a VFR range of 1,900 nm. Service ceiling is 45,000 feet and the maximum gross takeoff weight is 13,870 lbs. The time to climb directly to 45,000 feet at maximum gross takeoff weight is 35 minutes. The CJ3 will be RVSM equipped, and initial RVSM certification tests have been completed.

Introduction of the Citation CJ3 at the 2002 NBAA convention marked an expansion of the already successful CitationJet family, which now includes the CJ1, CJ2, and CJ3. The first flight of the CJ3 prototype occurred on April 17, 2004.

Cessna Aircraft Company is a subsidiary of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT). Textron Inc. is a $10 billion multi-industry company with more than 43,000 employees in 40 countries. The company leverages its global network of aircraft, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO and Greenlee, among others. More information is available at More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at

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