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Cessna Aircraft assembly line launches Latitude

Cessna Aircraft Company announced the full cycle of the assembly medium business jet Citation Latitude at its production facility in Wichita, Kansas. In the assembly Latitude company used a variety of technological advances, including the use of new automated robots and ergonomic snap assembly positions. "We not only apply the technological advances in the development of our new products, but also to introduce them to the production of these aircraft," - said Ernest Scott, president and chief executive officer of Textron Aviation. "Latitude program is an excellent example of this approach, combining innovative new design with the latest advances in manufacturing technology. Run assembly line is in line with our commitment to customers who want to get their new Citation Latitude ». The first production aircraft will be used as a fourth instance of flight certification program Citation Latitude. To date, the program made 100 flights and flying time is about 230 hours. The first prototype first flew Latitude in February 2014 and reached a top speed (440 knots, 506 miles / h), Mach 0.80 and altitude of 45,000 feet in his third flight. Getting FAA type certificate expected in the second quarter of 2015. Citation Latitude has a crew of two and can accommodate nine passengers. Maximum altitude of 45,000 feet (13,716 m) and a maximum cruising speed - 440 knots (815 km / h). Climb to 43,000 feet (13,106 m) in just 23 minutes. With a range of 2,500 nautical miles, Latitude falls between Sovereign + (3000 miles) and Citation XLS + (1722 miles).
Citation Latitude features fully integrated avionics Garmin G5000. Interior systems are controlled by an intuitive user interface with touch screen available to each passenger seat, or with personal electronic devices passengers. Since delivery of the first business jet Cessna Citation, which was commissioned in 1972, the company gave customers more than 6,600 aircraft Citation.

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