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Cessna Aircraft used the NBAA convention as
the launch platform for its new Citation Ten, a
larger, advanced version of the Citation X.
The announcement also marks the debut of
the Garmin G5000 avionics suite, new Rolls-
Royce powerplants and a Cessna-exclusive
advanced cabin-management system, the
"The launch of the Citation Ten is an example
of our commitment, repeated throughout the
recent downturn, to new product development,
and it's a signal that we intend to do what
we need to do to maintain a general aviation
industry leadership position," says Jack Pelton,
Cessna's chairman, president and CEO.
The new aircraft will have its first flight in
late 2011, with certification and first delivery in
The Citation Ten features: a 15-inch longer
fuselage than its predecessor; winglets for
aerodynamic efficiency; a new electrical
system; dual lithium-ion batteries; new
avionics; an autothrottle; a redesigned
cabin with new interior seats and cabin
appointments; and a proprietary, fibre optic-
based cabin management system, including
the latest interface options for greater in-flight
productivity and connectivity.
The aircraft also offers a 211 nautical mile
(391km) increase in range at high-speed cruise,
a 214lb increase in maximum payload and a
faster rate of climb to 45,000ft.
"Further distancing this product from the
competition is access to world-class customer
service, not only through Cessna's world-class
support group, but also from Garmin and
Rolls-Royce, with all three recently lauded in
independent customer surveys," Pelton says.
The Citation Ten will be powered by two
new Rolls-Royce AE 3007C2 high-flow-fan
engines, each rated at 7,034lb of thrust. This
gives the jet a 4 percent increase in take-off
thrust, a 9 percent gain in climb performance,
7 percent improvement in cruise thrust and an
additional 1.4 percent benefit in specific fuel-
The AE 3007C2 powerplant will be
certificated in 2013, ahead of aircraft type
The announcement makes Cessna the first
customer for the Garmin G5000 avionics
suite, which will be certificated to US Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA) Federal
Aviation Regulations (FAR) Part 25 operations
(commercial transport aircraft) standards.
"The level of reliability and integration and
the ease of use of the G5000 are going to
be unprecedented and will give Citation Ten
owners a new level of operability," Pelton says.
The G5000 system features three, 14-inch,
liquid-crystal primary and multifunction displays
and four touch-screen control panels. Among
the standard features of the new system are
a pilot-vehicle touch-screen interface, TCAS II
with Change 7.1, Synthetic Vision Technology,
electronic charts, Garmin's SafeTaxi, a dual
flight-management system with WAAS LPV
and RNP 0.3 SAAAR capability, solid-state
weather radar with turbulence detection and
vertical scan capability, integrated terrain
awareness and warning system (TAWS), ADS-B
Out and Link 2000+ data link. Options include
satellite weather and an ICAO Type 1A flight
Gulfstream sees renewed mid-size jet
Gulfstream President Joe Lombardo says his
company is seeing a revival in demand for mid-
size business jets, which was hard-hit by the
global economic downturn.
"We're seeing renewed interest in the mid-
cabin planes, even though this segment has
suffered more overall in the current market
environment," Lombardo says. "Fortunately,
we have been able to proactively manage our
business to respond to market realities. This has
allowed us to remain financially strong during
very tough economic times."
The company says it will manufacture 97
aircraft this year, including 76 large-cabin models
and 21 mid-size aircraft.
"Our large-cabin production rates have
remained stable, due, in part, to the strength of
faster-growing international regions, mitigating
slower growth in the US and Europe," the
Gulfstream chief says. "Additionally, our
product-support business is experiencing healthy
Lombardo adds that the company's new G650
and G250 aircraft development programmes
are on track. The company's financial strength,
combined with the support of parent General
Dynamics, has allowed Gulfstream to undertake
a "well-planned and quite active" research and
"As a result, we will have two new products,
the G650 and G250, entering the market over
the next two years, and we expect a recovering
economy to buoy demand for them," the
company president says.
Lombardo adds that emerging markets "are
embracing business aviation".
"They understand the value it provides in
enabling them to grow their businesses both
domestically and internationally," he says.
"Our challenge is to remain adaptive in order
to support a more globalized fleet. That means
putting technical assistance and other resources
closer to customers."
The Gulfstream head notes that the
proportion of Gulfstream's fleet based outside
the US has grown from 17 percent to 29 percent
over the past decade, expanding in number by
about 90 percent -- to more than 1,900 aircraft.
NBAA First News
Cessna Announces Larger,
Advanced Citation Ten
The Citation Ten will be a
derivative of the current
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