Posted on February 7th, 2019
Cessna Aircraft rolled out the first New Citation Sovereign yesterday from its Wichita production center. Announced in October at the NBAA Convention, the updated Sovereign attributes improved cabin cooling, Garmin G5000 avionics with autothrottles, a new cabin management system and winglets. “This rollout is evidence of Cessna’s dedication to bringing new products to consumers in 2013, and shows our sturdy financial investment in the future,” stated Kelly Reich, magnate for the New Citation Sovereign. “It’s a short turn-around from just revealing this program last fall, to currently having an airplane rolling out the door and went to the next phases of completion.” The most recent Citation will have a range of 3,000 nm and will have the ability to carry out direct climbs to 45,000 feet, thanks to the new winglets. This compares with the 2,847-nm array and 43,000-foot direct climb capacity of the initial Sovereign, which entered into service in 2004 and is equipped with Honeywell Primus Epic avionics. Top speed remains the same, at 458 knots. Certification and entry into service for the New Citation Sovereign is slated for the third quarter.