The updated Cessna Citation X business jet is now officially the world's fastest civilian aircraft, according to the US Federal Aviation Administration's test results.
Carried out as the aircraft moves towards certification and, thus, is set to soon start speeding its way into and out of the world's airports, the New Citation X's flight trials programmes has been extensive. So far, it has included handling quality assessments and stability studies, carried out at the top end of its flight envelope.
Recently, the Gulfstream G650 business jet established a new civilian aircraft speed record, achieving Mach 0.925. The New Citation X business jet has now eclipsed this speed, reaching Mach 0.935. On the flipside, though, the Citation X's 3,242 nautical mile range is barely half that of the G650, which can travel some 7,000 nautical miles.
New Citation X Speed Record
In a statement on the New Citation X speed record, Cessna's Engineering vice president (senior), Michael Thacker described the tests as a "success." He continued: "All responses from the high-speed certification testing were well within the expected performance envelope. While these are the results our engineers fully anticipated, this final round of testing went so smoothly the conditions were completed in fewer flights and hours than planned."
To date, the New Citation X test programme has encompassed some 1,300 hours of flying and, at this stage, it's envisaged the aircraft will receive its certification during Q1 2014.
New Citation X Business Jet
Able to accommodate nine passengers, the New Citation X business jet boasts state of the art avionics, touch screen cockpit panels and a pair of Rolls-Royce E3007C2 turbo fan engines. According to Cessna, once in service, it will fly passengers between New York and London, Panama City and Sao Paulo or Dubai and Singapore with unprecedented speed, all the time overflying weather systems and other commercial aircraft at a top ceiling of 51,000 feet.
"Our Citation X customers will be glad to know they will own the fastest civilian aircraft in the world", added Cessna Business Jets' senior vice president, Brad Thress. "There is no quicker way to get from point A to point B than inside a Citation X."
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