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Cessna Citation Sovereign and Latitude Add Steep Approach Certification

Steep approach certification will allow the aircraft to track approach angles of up to 6.65 degrees.
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Both the Cessna Citation Sovereign+ and Latitude models will now come standard with steep approach capability

Textron Aviation has revealed that it has achieved steep approach certification from both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for the Cessna Citation Sovereign+ and Cessna Citation Latitude.

Steep approach certification will allow the aircraft to track approach angles of up to 6.65 degrees, something the company says will allow the two Citation models to more easily fly into popular European destinations such as London City Airport (LCY) and Lugano Airport (LUG) in Switzerland. As an example, the company says that LCY, with a downtown location next to London’s financial district, requires a 5.5-degree approach due to environmental regulations, compared to a more typical approach of 3.0 degrees.  In addition, Textron Aviation is also saying that unlike other business jet models, both of these aircraft will now come standard with steep approach capability.

Rob Scholl, Textron Aviation’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, says “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.” He adds that the certification illustrates the company’s continued commitment to ensuring their customers have the performance and flexibility necessary to get the most from their ownership experience.

Featured Image: Cessna Citation Sovereign+, courtesy of Textron Aviation

Cessna Citation Sovereign+ and Latitude Specs

DIMENSIONS

 Sovereign+  Latitude
Length 63 ft 6 in (19.35 m)  62 ft 3 in (18.97 m)
Height 20 ft 4 in (6.20 m)  20 ft 11 in (6.38 m)
Wingspan 72 ft 4 in (22.04 m)  72 ft 4 in (22.05 m)
Wing Area 543 sq ft (50.4 sq m)  543 sq ft (50.4 sq m)
Wing Sweep 16.3 degrees  16.3 degrees
Wheelbase 27 ft 10 in (8.49 m)  27 ft (8.23 m)
Tread 10 ft (3.05 m)  10 ft (3.05 m)

 CABIN INTERIOR

 Sovereign+  Latitude
Height 68 in (1.73 m) 72 in (1.83 m)
Width 66 in (1.68 m)  77 inches (1.96 m)
Length 25 ft 3 in (7.70 m)  21 ft 9 in (6.63 m)
Maximum Passengers 12  9

BAGGAGE CAPACITY

Sovereign+  Latitude
Weight 1,435 lb (650.9 kg) 1,245 lb (564.7 kg)
Volume 135 cu ft (3.82 cu m)  127 cu ft (3.6 cu m)

WEIGHTS

 Sovereign+  Latitude
Maximum Ramp Weight 31,025 lb (14,073 kg) 31,050 lb (14,084 kg)
Maximum Takeoff Weight 30,775 lb (13,959 kg)  30,800 lb (13,971 kg)
Maximum Landing Weight 27,575 lb (12,508 kg)  27,575 lb (12,508 kg)
Maximum Zero Fuel Weight 21,000 lb (9,525 kg)  21,200 lb (9,616 kg)
Usable Fuel Weight 11,390 lb (5,166 kg)  11,394 lb (5,168 kg)
Usable Fuel Volume 1,700 gal (6,435 l)  1,700 gal (6,435 l)
Basic Operating Weight 18,235 lb (8,271 kg)  18,656 lb (8,462 kg)
Useful Load 12,790 lb (5,801 kg)  12,394 lb (5,622 kg)
Maximum Payload 2,765 lb (1,254 kg)  2,544 lb (1,154 kg)
Full Fuel Payload 1,400 lb (635 kg)  1,000 lb (454 kg)

PERFORMANCE

 Sovereign+  Latitude
Maximum Cruise Speed 460 ktas (852 km/h)  446 ktas (826 km/h)
Maximum Range 3,200 nm (5,926 km)  2,700 nm (5,000 km)
Takeoff Field Length 3,530 ft (1,076 m)  3,580 ft (1,091 m)
Landing Distance 2,600 ft (792 m)  2,480 ft (756 m)
Maximum Operating Altitude 47,000 ft (14,326 m)  45,000 ft (13,716 m)
Maximum Climb Rate 4,083 fpm (1,244 mpm)  N/A
Maximum Limit Speed 0.80 Mach (0.80 Mach)  0.80 Mach (0.80 Mach)

POWERPLANT

Sovereign+  Latitude
Manufacturer Pratt & Whitney  Pratt & Whitney
Model PW306D  PW306D1
Thrust 5,907 lb (26.28 kN)  5,907 lb (26.28 kN)

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