Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., conducted the successful first flight of its Citation Longitude super-midsize jet on October 8th, 2016. The Longitude took off from the company’s east campus Beech Field Airport, crewed by experimental test pilots Stuart Rogerson (AF) and Ed Wenninger. The two hour and two minute flight was supported by Scott Foster (AM) and Dustin Smisor in chase and Charlie Volk (AF) in the Telemetry Room. The flight accomplished everything they wanted to do during this maiden flight, setting the pace for the flight test program. The prototype aircraft will continue to expand the envelope, focusing on testing stability and control and performance, while the first production model, set to fly in the coming weeks, will be primarily used for systems testing.
With seating for up to 12 passengers, the Longitude features a stand-up, flat-floor cabin with a standard double-club configuration and a walk-in baggage compartment fully accessible in flight. The Longitude includes the next evolution of the Garmin G5000 flight deck and is powered by FADEC-equipped Honeywell HTF7700L turbofan engines with fully integrated autothrottles. The aircraft offers a full fuel payload of 1,500 pounds, a maximum cruise speed of 476 knots and a high-speed range of 3,400 nautical miles.