Home' Asian Aviation : AAV Feb 2014 Contents 64 AsianAviation | FEBRUARY 2014
As far as mid-size business jets go, the
Cessna Citation Sovereign is a force
to be reckoned with. Its aesthetically
pleasing sleek frame is fused to a highly
efficient wing and powerful turbofan engines,
providing the aircraft with a thoroughly impressive
set of performance figures.
But the good news doesn't stop there. The
Cessna Citation Sovereign (Cessna Model 680
Sovereign) or 'Sovereign' for the sake of brevity
provides passengers with an incredibly comfortable,
well-appointed cabin, which is literally fit for a king. In
that sense the aircraft's title is no misnomer.
Since its introduction into commercial service in
2004 more than 300 Sovereigns have rolled off
the production lines of Cessna's Wichita-based
manufacturing base and headquarters.
The Sovereign's wingspan is 63ft 4in, its length is
63ft 6in, while its height is 20ft 4in. Enclosed within
those external dimensions is the passenger cabin,
which is easily one of largest in the mid-size business
This includes a comprehensive bar refreshment
centre, a rear lavatory, plus seating options for nine,
which includes eight passengers in a double-club
seating arrangement and a single forward passenger
seat (which can be occupied by a flight attendant).
However, more impressive, is the Sovereign's total
baggage capacity - a very generous 13ft3, which again
is considerably larger than other aircraft in its class.
A "Honeywell Primus Epic fully-integrated avionics
suite" constitutes the high-powered nerve centre of
the Cessna Citation Sovereign, and provides the pilots
with an incredible degree of systems functionality,
presenting them easy-to-read critical flight data.
The heart of the system is comprised of four flat
panel liquid crystal Primary Flight Displays (PFDs),
one of which is a Multi-Function Display (MFD), all of
which are fed data from the Sovereign's Electronic
Flight Information System (EFIS). All clearly present
the crew with the aircraft's 'vitals', such as speed,
altitude and navigational references, plus other
critical elements, for instance the aircraft's Engine
Indicating and Crew Alerting System (EICAS).
The Honeywell avionics package also includes
dual cursor control devices (located on the centre
pedestal), allowing the pilots to "switch" what's
displayed on the MFD.
Executive Airlines, based in Essendon Airport near
Melbourne, Australia currently operates a Sovereign
to spearhead its business and private charter
operations. The company has operated the type
since 2006. According to Executive Airlines CEO
and chief pilot, Matthew Anderson, the company
Sovereign is the consummate performer, perfectly
suited for the company's operations.
"The clients always like flying in the Sovereign.
It's a comfortable, smooth and quiet aircraft and we
very rarely have to consider restricting passenger
luggage," Anderson said.
"In practical terms, if you need to carry eight
passengers, which we frequently do, you have 450kg
of luggage available in the tail compartment alone.
Generally speaking, its baggage volume is ahead of
anything in its class," he added.
Anderson, who has nearly 10,000 flying hours
to his name, including close to 1,200 of those on
Sovereigns, cited the aircraft's strong performance
capabilities as another of its many drawcards.
"The main attributes of the aircraft are its runway
performance, coupled with its ability to still fly high at
good cruise speed. There's nothing in its class that
can operate from the runways that it can operate
from, in terms of runway length," he said.
"We generally operate around the 40,000ft-to-
43,000ft mark and sit on good cruise speeds up
there, while its climb performance means it gets up
there quickly; 45,000ft and above is available if range
or weather become significant."
The Sovereign packs considerable performance
punch. For example, its climb performance is nothing
short of rocket-like. The aircraft is capable of a rate
of climb in the order of 4,016ft/min, a rate that sets
it well apart from the high-speed Cessna Citation X,
which has a 3,650ft/min rate of climb.
The Cessna Citation Sovereign is hard to beat in the mid-size business jet market, writes Benn Marks
"It's a comfortable, smooth and quiet
aircraft and we very rarely have to
consider restricting passenger luggage"
CEO and chief pilot, Executive Airlines
Executive Airlines' Cessna Citation Sovereign
Links Archive AAV Dec13-Jan14 AAV March 2014 Navigation Previous Page Next Page