First CJ4 built on assembly line takes flight


The first Citation CJ4 built on Cessna’s new assembly line in Wichita made its first flight Feb. 17.

The company’s newest bizjet is in the final stages of FAA type certification approvals. Deliveries are set to begin later this year, according to Cessna officials.

The CJ4 offers as standard equipment a four-screen Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite with electronic charts and graphical weather, TCAS II, EGPWS Class A TAWS, Dual Mode S Diversity transponders with ADS-B out capability, Multi-Scan weather radar, Emergency Descent Mode, and an essential electrical bus.

It also offers enhanced performance over early projections with a maximum cruise speed of more than 450 knots and a maximum range of just over 2,000 nautical miles, according to company officials, who note it is capable of a direct climb to 45,000 feet in 28 minutes.

The aircraft will also debut the new Williams International FJ44-4A electronically controlled (FADEC) engines.

Three Citation CJ4 test aircraft completed more than 1,100 flights and accumulated more than 2,000 flight hours.

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