The wait is almost over for the upgrade to Cessna’s midsize Citation X. Announced in 2010, the $22.95 million jet is on track for FAA certification and entry into service in early 2014. (The original Citation X entered service in 1996.)
In October, the FAA verified a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.935 (or 617 mph) for the new jet, enabling Cessna to reclaim the title of the world’s fastest civilian aircraft from Gulfstream and its G650. Before the G650, the record had belonged to the original Citation X.
The update includes new Rolls-Royce engines that generate 270 additional pounds of thrust and, for the cockpit, Garmin’s new touchscreen G5000 avionics package. The new Citation X has a range beyond 3,700 miles and a flight ceiling of 51,000 feet. The cabin, which features touchscreen controls and wireless connectivity for personal devices, is more than a foot longer than that of its predecessor and seats as many as 12 passengers.