Two of Cessna’s latest Citation business jets have achieved FAA and EASA certification for steep approaches. They are the Sovereign+ and Latitude mid-size jets.
This means the two aircraft can track approach angles of up to 6.65 degrees. The Sovereign+ and Latitude can now operate into key European destinations such as London City Airport (LCY) and Lugano Airport (LUG) in Switzerland.
“This steep approach certification for the Sovereign+ and Latitude further enhances the advanced capability of these industry-leading aircraft, particularly for customers flying in Europe where terrain or environmental regulations often require this increased capability,” said Rob Scholl, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing.
“This certification illustrates our commitment to ensure our customers have the performance and flexibility they need to maximize their total ownership experience.”
Due to its downtown location next to London’s financial district, London City Airport is one of the more prominent business destinations in Europe, but requires aircraft use a steeper 5.5-degree approach due to environmental regulations, compared to a more typical airport approach of 3.0 degrees. With this certification, Citation Latitude and Sovereign+ customers can enjoy direct access out of LCY to as far away as Jeddah, Saudi Arabia or St John’s, Canada.
With a maximum range of 2,850nm and a best-in-class four-passenger range of 2,700nm at high-speed cruise, the Citation Latitude has an open, spacious, bright and refined cabin environment in the midsize category.
Textron Aviation’s wireless cabin-technology system provides productive connectivity and entertainment to each passenger through their personal electronic devices. Improving cabin comfort for passengers and crew alike, the Latitude features a new cabin cooling system and a new pressurisation system, which provides a 5,950-foot cabin altitude at the aircraft’s maximum operating altitude of 45,000 feet. With standard seating configurations, the Latitude can comfortably accommodate up to nine passengers.
Featuring range-enhancing winglets and the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306D engines providing more than 5,900 pounds of thrust, the Citation Sovereign+ offers a maximum range of 3,200nm, speeds up to 460kt and a direct climb to 45,000ft. With Textron Aviation’s wireless cabin-technology system and redesigned interior options, the Sovereign+ boasts the longest and most comfortable cabin in its class with max seating for up to 12 passengers.