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Cessna Aircraft announced in mid-March
that its Citation CJ4 light business jet had
won type certification from the US Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA). Deliveries of
the aircraft are set to begin later this year.
The CJ4 is the newest and largest member
of the manufacturer's CJ/Model 525
CitationJet aircraft family, which also includes
the Citation CJ1+, CJ2+ and CJ3. The CJ4 is a
stretch version of the CJ3, adding 2ft (0.6m)
to the length of the cabin and incorporating
the wing of the Citation Sovereign.
The CJ4 is approved for single-pilot
operations and shares a common pilot type
rating with the other CJs (a pilot rated to fly
any one of the CJs is rated to fly them all).
Retail price in 2010 dollars for a typically
equipped Citation CJ4 is $9 million.
According to Cessna, the final results
of flight testing showed that the aircraft
has achieved "significant performance
enhancements". It offers a take-off distance
of 3,130ft at maximum take-off weight, can
climb to 45,000ft in 28 minutes and flies at
a maximum speed of 453 knots (839kmh).
It also has a range of 2,002 nautical miles
(3,710km) with a crew of two and five
passengers, and a landing distance of 2,700ft
at maximum landing weight.
The aircraft's standard equipment includes
a four-screen Collins Pro Line 21 avionics
suite, with electronic charts and graphical
weather, TCAS II and EGPWS Class A TAWS.
Other features include dual Mode-S Diversity
transponders with ADS-B out capability,
multi-scan weather radar, emergency descent
mode, and an essential electrical bus.
The aircraft is powered by two new,
electronically controlled Williams
International FJ44-4A turbofan engines,
which gained FAA certification on 2 February.
The cabin can be configured for as many as
eight passengers with a standard, belted aft
lavatory. The Citation CJ4 also debuts the
Rockwell Collins Venue cabin management
system, which includes a BluRay disc player
with high-definition monitors, moving maps
and XM radio.
Separately, Cessna says it has received
approval from the Indian Directorate General
of Civil Aviation (DCGA) for its three local
Cessna Pilot Centres to offer the company's
new Sport/Private Pilot Course in their
private pilot certificate training programmes.
The Pilot Centres are: Touchwood Aviation
Academy in New Delhi, Chimes Aviation
in New Delhi and Wings Aviation in
Cessna developed the new Sport/Private
Pilot Course in association with King Schools
and released it to Cessna Pilot Centres in
September. The course is now the foundation
of Cessna's Flight Training System offered
by the global CPC network. -- Andrzej
Cessna wins certification for Citation CJ4 business jet
Dassault Falcon Jet delivered the first large-
cabin Falcon 7X business jet to mainland
China on 5 March, with two more scheduled
for delivery to the country by the end of the
"The time has arrived for China to emerge
as a strong market for business aviation,"
says John Rosanvallon, the manufacturer's
president and chief executive officer. "In
anticipation of this growth, Dassault has
increased customer support significantly
and increased marketing activity throughout
China and Asia."
In February, the company had delivered the
first Falcon 7X to India.
Dassault's Falcon 7X demonstrator aircraft
recently completed a two-week marketing
tour of Asia and Australia, which culminated
with the aircraft's debut at the Singapore
Airshow. During the tour, the aircraft flew
28 legs over 16 days, with five off days,
accumulating 76 hours of pilot and executive
demonstration flight time.
Rosanvallon says the response to the tour
was "very positive".
The Falcon 7X offers a range of 5,950
nautical miles, meaning it can connect
Beijing with Paris, Sydney with San Francisco,
Shanghai with Auckland or Seattle with
Dassault says the aircraft is the first -- and,
so far, only -- business jet to incorporate
a digital flight control system, improving
operational safety and offering a smoother
flight. It also features the award-winning
EASy flight deck as standard equipment.
The flight deck is designed to reduce the
pilot's workload and improve pilot interaction
through elevated situation awareness in the
The aircraft is powered by three Pratt &
Whitney PW307A engines, offering improved
airfield performance and greater safety
on flights over water than a twin-engine
configuration. Dassault claims the jet offers a
15-30 percent fuel efficiency advantage over
other large-cabin, long-range aircraft models.
-- Andrzej Jeziorski
Dassault delivers first Falcon 7X to China
NEWS IN BRIEF
HAWKER BEECHCRAFT announced on 22
March that that it has appointed Hawker Pacific
Singapore as the first authorized service centre
(ASC) in South-East Asia for its flagship Hawker
4000 business jet. With this addition, the Hawker
Pacific Singapore Service Centre is now accredited
to support the entire Hawker Beechcraft product
range. "With Hawker 4000 deliveries well underway
in Asia, our enhanced partnership with Hawker
Pacific will provide customers in the region with
immediate and reliable service for the aircraft,"
said Christi Tannahill, vice-president for global
customer support. "Hawker Pacific has been a
strategic partner for more than 30 years and we
are confident in their support of this revolutionary
aircraft." Hawker Pacific Singapore holds multiple
regulatory approvals across 15 countries and
regions, including the US, Europe, China and India.
The Citation CJ4 is a stretched version of the
manufacturer's CJ3, with a new wing.
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