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Citation Columbus  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2014
Maiden Flight: 2011
Total Production: 70
Development Cost: USD$780 million
Unitary Cost: USD$27 million
Also Known As: Large Cabin Citation and Model 850
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Argo-Tech Corporation (fuel system), Cessna Aircraft Company*, Goodrich Corporation (landing gear), Parker Aerospace (flight control system), Pratt & Whitney Canada (powerplant), Rockwell Collins (Pro Line Fusion avionics suite), Spirit AeroSystems (fuselage and empennage) and Triumph Aerostructures (wing design and production)   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: Cessna Citation
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1975
Maiden Flight: 15 September 1969
Total Production: 7,329
Family Members: Citation CJ1, Citation CJ2, Citation CJ3, Citation CJ4, Citation Encore, Citation Hemisphere, Citation Latitude, Citation Longitude, Citation M2, Citation Mustang, Citation Sovereign, Citation X, Citation X+ and Citation XL
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Description: The Citation is a family of business jets developed by Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron owned company, to meet the requirements of customers operating from regional to intercontinental routes. Citation jets are powered by two turbofan engines and cruise at high speeds while delivering outstanding comfort to the passengers in their spacious cabins. Cessna has received more than 5,300 Citation jets orders since the program inception in 1975. As of early 2008, the Cessna Citation production models are: CJ1+, CJ2+, CJ3, Encore+, XLS+, X, Sovereign, and Mustang with CJ4 and Columbus models to join Cessna's product line in 2010 and 2014 respectively.

The Model 850 Cessna Citation Columbus is a twin-engine, large cabin, intercontinental range business jet featuring an aluminum airframe, fuel efficiency and environmental friendly design. Cessna Aircraft Company officially launched the program as the Large Cabin Citation in January 2008 as the largest business jet developed by Cessna ever. According to the program schedule, released by Cessna on 6 February 2008, the Citation Columbus jet will perform its maiden flight in 2011. FAA type certification award is expected by the end of 2013 with first customer deliveries scheduled for 2014. The Citation Columbus will provide a seating capacity for up to 10 passengers. The Citation Columbus was cancelled in 2009.

With an estimated range of 4,000 nautical miles (7,400 km), the Columbus jet will carry eight passengers in a high comfort cabin with outstanding seating room cruising at .80 Mach. The key program partners are: Pratt & Whitney Canada which will supply the PW810 engines each rated at 8,830-lb of thrust; Rockwell Collins will supply its Pro Line Fusion advanced avionics suite; and Spirit AeroSystems that will produce the aircraft's fuselage and empennage. The newly engineered wing is moderately swept, and the entire aircraft surface is contoured based on results from the computational fluid dynamics analysis and wind tunnel verification.

Pro Line Fusion avionics suite features: four 15-in LCDs; synthetic-enhanced vision; MultiScan Weather Radar; auto throttle; Advanced Flight Management Systems (FMS) with Wide Area Augmentation System that supports Localizer Precision with Vertical guidance approaches (WAAS/LPV) and Required Navigation Performance (RNP) capabilities; Traffic Surveillance System with Automatic Direct Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) capabilities; Information Management System (IMS) to manage databases and facilitate wireless interactivity with the ground infrastructure; Optional heads-up display, predictive windshear weather radar, Controller-Pilot Data Link Communication (CPDLC) and Surface Management System.

Citation Columbus Specifications

Crew: 2
Number of Engines: 2
Passengers: 10
Cabin Height: 73 inch (1.85 meter)
Cabin Length: 36.3 foot (436 inch)
Length: 77 foot (924 inch)
Wingspan: 80 foot (24.4 meter)
Ceiling: 45,000 foot (13,716 meter)
Max Range: 4,000 nautical mile (4,604 mile)
Take Off Run Distance: 5,400 foot (1,646 meter)
Cruise Speed: 0.80 mach (956 kph)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 0.86 mach (555 KTAS)
Fuel Load: 1,950 pound (885 kilogram)
Max Takeoff Thrust: 17,660 pound
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Citation Columbus News

There are 10 news between
24 Jan 2008 and 25 Jun 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008TWC Aviation Orders Two Cessna Citation Columbus Business Jets
Tuesday, May 20, 2008Jetalliance Places Orders for 50 Citation Jets in 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008Vought Aircraft, Goodrich and Argo-Tech New Suppliers for Citation Columbus Program
Saturday, April 5, 2008Cessna Aircraft Company to Locate Citation Columbus Plant in Kansas
Thursday, March 6, 2008Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Places First Multiple Order for New Citation Columbus
Cessna Citation Columbus to Feature Parker Aerospace Flight Control System
Tuesday, February 26, 2008Pratt & Whitney Selects Hamilton Sundstrand for Engine Controls and Accessories on Next Generation Engines
Wednesday, February 6, 2008Pratt & Whitney Canada Launches PW800 Engine Family to Power Cessna Columbus Jet
Cessna Details Citation Columbus Business Jet
Thursday, January 24, 2008Cessna Launches Large Cabin Citation Business Jet

Operators & Related Equipment

Aircraft ordered by Jetalliance (4)
Saudi Arabia6
Aircraft ordered by Wallan Aviation (6)
United States of America4
Aircraft ordered by Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (2); TWC Aviation (2)

Grand Total 143
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