Cessna Citation CJ4 Makes Debut at NBAA; CJ1+, CJ2+ and CJ3

October 05, 2008

Orlando, FL - October 5, 2008 - Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, is debuting the first production Citation CJ4 business jet fitted with a production interior this week during the National Business Aviation Association Meeting and Convention.

Serial 0001 first flew on Aug. 19, joining the CJ4 prototype that has been flying since May. Soon the second production aircraft will be complete, and Cessna will use the three airframes for certification tests starting late this year.

“We’re looking forward to showing off the production CJ4 and the cabin mock-up at NBAA, giving customers a chance to see the aircraft, sit in it and get excited about the newest member of the CJ family,” said Roger Whyte, senior vice president, Sales & Marketing. “The program continues to make progress, and we are on track to achieve FAA type certification in the second half of 2009. The prototype is building flight hours as it develops and validates systems and aerodynamic configurations. Static testing is more than 50 percent complete, and our fatigue test article has already experienced the equivalent of more than two lifetimes.”

Configurable for seven to eight passengers in the main cabin, the Citation CJ4 is expected to have a maximum speed of 435 knots (806 kilometers per hour), a full fuel payload of 1,000 pounds (453 kilograms) and maximum payload of 2,100 pounds (952 kilograms), an increase of more than 300 pounds (136 additional kilograms) compared to the typical CJ3. It will be certified for operations up to 45,000 feet (13,700 meters).

Also at NBAA, Cessna is announcing a series of upgrades to the CJ1+, CJ2+ and CJ3 that require no structural, operational or performance changes to the aircraft. Beginning with the first 2009 base price unit, the following features will be standard on all three models:

 

  • Exterior and interior LED lighting with an expected replacement time of 8,000 hours
  • DBU-5000 database loader, making it easy and efficient to download databases with a memory stick
  • Rockwell Collins Maintenance Diagnostic System, allowing maintenance data to be accessed on the ground and downloadable
  • Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionic upgrades, including FMS v4.0 allowing for WAAS capability and IFIS v6.0 providing display improvements, temporary flight restrictions and winds aloft information
  • Tail logo lights

  • Additionally, the CJ3 upgrades will make the following standard: TCAS-II, Pulselite interfaced with the TCAS-II and dual S Mode Diversity Transponders.

 

About Cessna Aircraft Company
Based on unit sales, Cessna Aircraft Company is the world's largest manufacturer of general aviation airplanes. In 2007, Cessna delivered 1,272 aircraft, including 387 Citation business jets, and reported revenues of about $5 billion. Cessna has a current backlog of $16 billion through June 30, 2008. Since the company was originally established in 1927, some 191,000 Cessna airplanes have been delivered around the world, including more than 5,400 Citations, making it the largest fleet of business jets in the world. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at http://www.cessna.com.

About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a $13.2 billion multi-industry company operating in 34 countries with approximately 44,000 employees. The company leverages its global network of aircraft, defense and intelligence, 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 Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Fluid & Power, Textron Systems and Textron Financial Corporation. More information is available at www.textron.com.

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