Cessna develops the X into a Ten

  • 07-Nov-2010 02:25 EST

Cessna says it is offering the Citation Ten with new styling, more space, new seats, new lighting, and more stowage.

Textron's Cessna Aircraft Co. says that the first flight of its Citation Ten—a larger, advanced version of the Citation X—will be in late 2011, with certification and first delivery in 2013.

It will be that aircraft that will also mark the debut of the Garmin G5000 avionics suite and a Cessna-exclusive advanced cabin management system, as well as new, more powerful and efficient Rolls-Royce engines that are expected to be certified before aircraft type certification.

Some of the development changes for the Ten include a 15 in longer fuselage for more cabin space, winglets for more efficient performance, a new electrical system, dual lithium-ion batteries, new avionics, autothrottle, a redesigned cabin with new interior seats and cabin appointments, and a proprietary fiber optic-based cabin management system with interface options that allow for improved in-flight productivity and connectivity, according to the company.

Performance is also enhanced with a 211 nmi increase in range at high-speed cruise, a 214-lb increase in maximum payload, and a faster rate of climb direct to 45,000 ft.

Compared to the AE 3007C1, Rolls-Royce's new AE 3007C2 high-flow-fan turbines, each rated at 7034 lb of thrust, is expected to provide the Citation Ten with a 4% improvement in takeoff thrust, 6 to 10% improvement in climb and cruise thrust, and an additional 1.4% improvement in specific fuel consumption.

With a 90% commonality in engine core with Rolls-Royce's AE engine family, the AE 3007C2 features a higher flow, more efficient fan with 38.5 in compound swept fan blades, which are claimed to be mechanically more durable and offer improved stability. The engine cycle is further optimized by a larger LP turbine for durability and HP compressor vane schedule for efficiency. New FADEC software provides improved engine health monitoring and engine start logic enabling quick turn-around capability.

Cessna is expected to be the first company to use the integrated Garmin G5000 avionics suite, which will be certified for FAA FAR Part 25 operations (commercial transport aircraft).

Anchored in the Citation Ten's restyled cockpit, the fully integrated G5000 system centers on three 14-in LCD primary and multifunction displays and four touch-screen control panels. Among the standard features of the new system are a pilot-vehicle touch-screen interface, TCAS II with Change 7.1, Synthetic Vision Technology, electronic charts, Garmin's SafeTaxi, a dual flight management system with WAAS LPV and RNP 0.3 SAAAR capability, solid-state weather radar with turbulence detection and vertical scan capability, integrated terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS), and ADS-B Out and Link 2000+ data link. Options include satellite weather and an ICAO Type 1A flight data recorder.

Cessna has teamed with Dallas-based Heads Up Technologies to develop an intelligent cabin management system (CMS) that integrates cabin electrical systems, avionics, and communications through a fiber-optic backbone and an intuitive touch-screen user interface, resulting in "the ultimate connectivity experience."

Citation Ten designers opted for exclusive use of fiber optics instead of the more commonly used copper cable, providing sufficient bandwidth for system growth as well as reducing aircraft weight. This size aircraft requires almost 200 ft of cable for the CMS; a fiber-optic backbone weighs less than one-tenth what a copper cable system weighs. Aircraft using current technology CMS architectures carry extra cable—extra weight—to accommodate future system expansion. The Ten's fiber-optic architecture is scalable, both for system growth and for various aircraft.

The Cessna CMS features an interactive, touch-screen system controller at each passenger seat for audio (digital media, MP3/iPhone), video (digital, Blu Ray), interactive moving map, cabin temperature, lights, window shades, and even cabin diagnostics. The dual club-seat cabin arrangement also includes 110- or 220-volt electrical outlets and multiple USB/device inputs. High-speed Internet browsing, satellite radio, and cabin Wi-Fi are available as options.

Its trip computer includes an interactive moving map with a global database featuring standard features such as flight data displays and location indicator.

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