FAA Grants Type Certification To Cessna's Citation CJ3+

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Cessna's newest version of its Citation, the CJ3+ received its FAA type certification on Thursday. The CJ3+ builds upon the popular CJ3 by adding the Garmin G3000 avionics suite, automatic cabin pressurization, and advanced maintenance diagnostics.

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The Citation CJ3+ flight deck, with Garmin G3000 avionics

Chris Hearne, Cessna's VP of Jets said:

"Cessna is committed to new product development and the swift progress of the Citation CJ3+, from announcement to certification and on to the market, is a perfect example of that laser-like focus. The CJ3+ incorporates the latest in technology for the cockpit and for the passenger cabin which is exactly what the customer has asked us to do, and that has always been a hallmark of Cessna's new product innovations."

The G3000 avionics suite in the Citation CJ3+ includes turbulence detecting weather radar, Traffic Collision Avoidance System II (TCAS II), advanced Terrain Awareness Warning Systems (TAWS), and automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) capabilities which make it compliant with a significant aspect of future Next Generation (NexGen) air traffic control requirements. The aircraft cabin also features a wireless media server, Garmin integrated cockpit and cabin Iridium phone, and high speed internet capabilities.

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The Cj3+ has a range of 2.070 miles and seats up to 9 passengers, cruising at 416 knots. The typical seating configuration is for 6 people, with two fold-down tables for meetings and workspace. The cabin has 14 windows, letting in lots of natural light, but it also has adjustable LED lighting. It has a wireless entertainment system, along with XM satellite weather and radio. The cabin is 57 inches high, and 15 feet, 8 inches long. A private lavatory is located at the rear of the cabin. Its new wing design features a computer-sculpted airfoil, which maintains an uninterrupted airflow, thereby reducing drag and increasing fuel efficiency.

All photos courtesy of Cessna / Textron


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I don't know if it should, but these displays, and the more modern avionics, including synthetic terrain, big attitude and airspeed indicators, and all that, make it seem easier to manage an airplane than back in the steam-gauge era. Not easy, of courseā€”I realize that flying is a skill. I'm not a pilot, but I bet there are some old-school pilots who would have loved to have started their careers with the promise this sort of information at hand when they flew these types of planes in IMC.