Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, now has type certification for the Citation CJ4 from the Ag?ncia Nacional de Avia??o Civil and expects to make first deliveries of the newest and largest member of the popular CJ family of business jets in Brazil by year's end.
The CJ4 gained U.S. Federal Aviation Administration certification in March 2010, followed quickly by first deliveries, and also gained certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency as well as Isle of Man this year. The company is working to obtain certification in Canada and South Africa by the end of the year.
Cessna delivered 19 Citation CJ4 aircraft in 2010 and 16 through the first half of this year. The aircraft 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).
The CJ4 has a range of 2,002 nautical miles (3,710 kilometers) and a top speed of 453 knots (839 kilometers an hour). The aircraft has a takeoff roll of 3,130 feet (954 meters) at maximum takeoff weight. The CJ4 is powered by two Williams International FJ44-4A full authority digital engine control engines and features a four-screen Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite. Retail price for a typically equipped CJ4 is $9 million.