Citation CJ3's Final Performance Figures Will Amaze

October 11, 2004
Las Vegas, NV - October 11, 2004 - The Citation CJ3 is following in the footsteps of other Citations by outperforming the originally published specification numbers. With Citation CJ3 certification expected soon, Cessna has unveiled revised performance figures for the CJ3. The results are substantially better than announced at the Citation CJ3's unveiling in 2002.

Citation CJ3's Revised Numbers:

Standard equipped basic operating weight (2 pilots): 8,490 lbs

Max basic useful load: 5,580 lbs

Max basic payload: 2,020 lbs

Payload with max fuel: 870 lbs

Takeoff runway, SL, ISA, MTOW: 3,180 ft

Takeoff runway, 5,000 ft, 25 C, MTOW: 4,750 ft

Climb to 45,000 ft: 27 min

High-speed cruise FL390: 411 ktas

Range NBAA IFR (100 nm) MTOW: 1,881 nm

Landing distance, max weight: 2,740 ft

Landing distance, typical weight: 2,340 ft

Vmo/Mm 278 kts/Mach .737

The Citation CJ3's time to climb performance is also improved:
37,000 feet 14 minutes improved from 16 minutes
39,000 feet 16 minutes improved from 18 minutes
41,000 feet 19 minutes improved from 21 minutes
43,000 feet 22 minutes improved from 26 minutes
45,000 feet 27 minutes improved from 35 minutes

"The improvements to the Citation CJ3's original performance estimates can be directly attributed to a focused effort of aggressively improving our product development process," said Cessna's Senior VP of Product Engineering David Brant. "This new process includes an accelerated development schedule, a Rapid Development Team, and the direction and leadership of the CJ3 Cross-Functional Project Team."

The Citation CJ3 is currently in the final phases of FAA flight certification testing. Cessna has used three aircraft for certification flights: CJ3 prototype, CJ3 525B-001, CJ3 525B-002. The FAA is completing their function and reliability (F&R) flights in CJ3 serial number 002.

Cessna's Citation CJ3 was announced in September 2002 at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention. It made Cessna history on April 17, 2003, when it took its first and second flight on the same day. Cessna has received over 100 non-refundable orders for the Citation CJ3 that are worth over $600 million in backlog. Cessna anticipates first Citation CJ3 delivery in 2004.

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