Cessna Aircraft announced that its Citation XLS+ jet earned a full type certificate (TC) from the Federal Aviation Administration on June 2. Cessna said that nearly 600 hours of flight tests had been conducted on thtwin-engine jet, enabling the company to meet its goal of obtaining a TC. The first XLS+ delivery is expected before the end of 2008.
The XLS+ features Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics, Pratt & Whitney Canada´s full authority digital engine control (FADEC) capabilities, with the interior´s expanded seat widths and the exterior contour of the nose, resembling the Citation X [the fastest civil aircraft certified to date] and the Citation Sovereign models.
According to Cessna, the XLS+ can take off from runways as short as 3,560 feet at standard, sea level conditions. The newly certified jet can travel as fast as 440 knots and has a service range of more than 1,858 nautical miles. The jet can land on runways as short as 2,700 feet (823 meters), at its typical landing weight.
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