Citation Service Centers Offer Honeywell Primus Elite for Citation X; Safe Flight AutoPower Throttle System Nears Certification

October 09, 2011

Las Vegas, NV – October 9, 2011 – Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, said today that the Honeywell Primus Elite avionics platform has been certified for retrofit on Citation X business jets and the upgrade is available through the Cessna Citation Service Center network.

A Citation X at Cessna’s static display at Henderson Executive Airport during the NBAA Annual Meeting and Convention Oct. 10-12 features Primus Elite, along with an upgraded cabin management system and winglets.

Furthermore, pilots from Cessna and Safe Flight Instrument Corp. have completed automatic throttle system developmental flight testing on the Citation X. The Safe Flight AutoPower System is scheduled to be certified under a Federal Aviation Administration Supplemental Type Certificate by the end of this year. It will be available for installation at Citation Service Centers for retrofit and is also offered on new production Citation X aircraft.

“These upgrades are the latest in a lengthy list of enhancements to the operational and maintenance experience of our customers,” said Dave Brant, senior vice president of Customer Service. “Citation X owners and operators can now improve airplanes that already excel in nearly every performance category by adding the latest technologies developed for the global operating environment today and in the future.”

Based on the Citation X’s current Honeywell Primus 2000 system, the five-panel Elite system features liquid crystal displays that offer high-resolution graphics display capability for electronic approach charts with aircraft position worldwide as well as XM satellite weather in the United States and southern Canada. In addition, improved moving map capability will depict geographical and political boundaries as well as airspace and airways. LCD technology also provides greater reliability and longer service life than previous displays. Honeywell’s future improvements for the Elite platform include synthetic vision and advanced moving map options.

Safe Flight’s automatic throttle is designed to provide smooth and precise engine target settings for airspeed control. The system delivers significant flight performance and safety advantages that result in increased situational awareness, reduced crew workload and greater passenger comfort. AutoPower systems and components from Safe Flight are installed on more than 9,000 corporate, commercial and military aircraft.

The Citation X is the fastest certified business jet in the world, with time and cost efficiency as its most important benefits. Normally configured for eight passengers, the Citation X has a range of more than 3,000 nautical miles (5,686 kilometers) and flies as high as 51,000 feet (15,545 meters), well above most weather systems and other aircraft traffic for a smoother, more efficient flight profile.

About Cessna Aircraft Company
Cessna is the world’s leading general aviation company. Since its inception in 1927, Cessna has designed, produced and delivered more than 192,500 airplanes around the globe. This includes more than 6,100 Citation business jets, making it the largest fleet of business jets in the world. Today, Cessna has two principal lines of business: aircraft sales and aftermarket services. Aircraft sales include Citation business jets, Caravan single-engine utility turboprops, single-engine piston aircraft and lift solutions by CitationAir. Aftermarket services include parts, maintenance, inspection and repair services. In 2010, Cessna delivered 535 aircraft, including 179 Citation business jets, and reported revenues of $2.6 billion. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at

About Textron Inc.
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