Cessna CitationJet, CJ1 & CJ2


Country of Origin
United States of America
Light corporate jets
The highly successful CitationJet was developed as a replacement for the Citation and Citation I. Improved and stretched developments, the CJ1 and CJ2 respectively, are under development. Cessna launched the new Model 525 CitationJet at the annual US National Business Aircraft Association convention in 1989. First flight occurred on April 29 1991, FAA certification was awarded on October 16 1992 and the first delivery was on March 30 1993. The CitationJet is effectively an all new aircraft. The same basic Citation forward fuselage is mounted to a new T-tail configured tailplane and a new supercritical laminar flow wing, and it features Williams Rolls FJ44 turbofans (with paddle thrust reversers) and trailing link main undercarriage. The CitationJet's fuselage is 27cm (11in) shorter than the Citation/Citation I's, while cabin height is increased courtesy of a lowered centre aisle. It features EFIS avionics and is certificated for single pilot operation. At the 1998 NBAA convention Cessna revealed it was developing the improved CJ1 and stretched CJ2. The CJ1 will replace the CitationJet and will introduce a Collins Pro Line 21 EFIS avionics suite and a moderate increase in maximum takeoff weight. The CJ1 will be delivered from the first quarter of 2000. The CJ2 meanwhile is a stretched, faster and more powerful development. Due to fly in the second quarter of 1999 and be certificated 12 months later, the CJ2 will feature a 89cm (35in) cabin and 43cm (17in) tailcone stretch allowing standard seating for six in the main cabin. Like the CJ1 it will feature Collins Pro Line 21 EFIS avionics, plus uprated FJ44-2C engines, increased span wings, larger area tail, six cabin windows per side and greater range. It will be certificated for single pilot operation.
CitationJet & CJ1 - Two 8.45kN (1900lb) Williams Rolls-Royce FJ44-1A turbofans. CJ2 - Two 10.2kN (2300lb) FJ442Cs.
CitationJet - Max cruising speed at 3990kg (8800lb) AUW 704km/h (380kt). Initial rate of climb 3311ft/min. Certificated ceiling 41,000ft. Range with max fuel and reserves 2750km (1485nm). CJ1 - Range with pilot, three passengers and IFR reserves 2315km (1250nm). CJ2 - Max cruising speed at 33,000ft 741km/h (400kt). Service ceiling 45,000ft. Range with pilot, three passengers and IFR reserves 2687km (1450nm).
CitationJet - Empty 2794kg (6160lb), max takeoff 4717kg (10,400lb). CJ1 - Max takeoff 4812kg (10,600lb). CJ2 - Max takeoff 5585kg (12,300lb).
CitationJet & CJ1 - Wing span 14.26m (46ft 10in), length 12.98m (42ft 7in), height 4.18m (13ft 8in). Wing area 22.3m2 (240.0sq ft). CJ2 - Wing span 15.18m (49ft 10in), length 14.30m (46ft 11in).
CitationJet & CJ1 - Two flightdeck positions, one for pilot, other for a copilot or passenger. Main cabin seats five in standard layout. CJ2 - Main cabin seats six in standard club arrangement.
300th CitationJet due to be delivered in early 1999. 76 advance orders for the CJ2 held at late 1998.
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