Cessna says 2nd production Citation Latitude has taken flight

07/25/2014 10:33 AM

08/08/2014 10:25 AM

Cessna Aircraft, part of Textron Aviation, said it’s had a successful first flight of its second production Citation Latitude business jet in development.

The Latitude program is on time and milestones have taken place on or ahead of time, the company reports.

The plane, Serial 002, is the third Latitude to join the certification flight test program and the first to be equipped with an operational configuration, it said. That includes full cabin layout and systems.

It will also be the first Latitude to be on display to the public.

It will make its debut in October at the National Business Aviation Association’s annual convention in Orlando, Fla..

The flight for Serial 002 lasted 2.7 hours and was flown by engineering test pilots Andrew Peters and David Stanko.

The plane reached a maximum altitude of 45,000 feet and a maximum speed of 403 mph.

During the flight, the crew evaluated the autopilot and auto-throttle, landing gear, pressurization, engine operations, environmental systems and flight control systems.

It also was the first time that all three Citation Latitudes were in the air at the same time, the company said.

The flight test program for the Latitude has accumulated 330 hours of flight time in 150 flights.

The plane will hold up to nine passengers and will have the widest fuselage of any Citation jet.

It will feature a flat cabin floor, six feet of cabin height and have an avionics center for connectivity and entertainment through passengers’ personal electronic devices.

The first Latitude made its first flight in February.

Certification is expected next year.

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