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Citation CJ2

 

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The Citation CJ2
The Citation CJ2 is light jet manuafacturered by the Cessna aircraft company in Wichita, KS. The CJ is signifigantly larger, faster and more powerful aircraft compared to the Citation Mustang used in the previous world record attempt.. Adding nearly five feet in cabin length the Citation CJ2 allows for a typical seating capacity of 6. The twin Williams FJ44-3a-24 power plant gives the Citation CJ2 the added power to climb up to 45,000ft. in just 28 minutes. This is considerably higher than the 41,000ft ceiling the Citation Mustang was limited to. The higher altitude will improve many factors of the record attempt, but most importantly the range of the aircraft. The performance of the CJ2 will enable the crew to bypass several higher risk fuel stops that previously hindered the 2008 World Record Attempt. In addition to more powerful engines, higher altitude and greater range, the Citation CJ2 also boasts a max cruise speed of 480mph. This is nearly 100mph faster than the Mustang used in the previous record attempt. While there are many advantages to this new aircraft for the 2009 attempt, there are some disadvantages. The CJ2 does not support as powerful of an avionics package that was used in the previous attempt. This means higher workload for the crew and considerably more meticulous trip planning. While a more sophisticated and powerful aircraft, the CJ2 is similarly equipped to be flown by a single pilot. This will enable one crew member to get rest while the other is continuing on the journey.

 

Specifications:

  • Maximum Cruise Speed
  • Certified Ceiling
  • Airport Performance
  • Takeoff Distance
  • Landing Distance
  • Rate of Climb at Sea Level
  • Range
  • 418 ktas (774 km/h)
  • 45,000 ft (13,716 m)
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  • 3,360 ft (1,024 m)
  • 2,980 ft (908 m)
  • 4,120 fpm (1,256 mpm)
  • 1,613 nm (2,987 km)

 

Weights:

  • Ramp Weight
  • Takeoff Weight
  • Landing Weight
  • Zero Fuel Weight
  • Usable Fuel Capacity
  • Typically-Equipped Empty Weight
  • Useful Load
  • Maximum Payload
  • Full-Fuel Payload
  • 12,625 lb (5,727 kg)
  • 12,500 lb (5,670 kg)
  • 11,525 lb (5,228 kg)
  • 9,700 lb (4,400 kg)
  • 3,930 lb (1,783 kg)
  • 7,950 lb (3,606 kg)
  • 4,675 lb (2,121 kg)
  • 1,750 lb (794 kg)
  • 745 lb (338 kg)

 

Dimensions:

  • Exterior
  • Height
  • Length
  • Wingspan
  • Cabin
  • Height
  • Width
  • Length
  • Standard Seating Capacity
  • Baggage Capacity
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  • 14 ft (4.27 m)
  • 47 ft 8 in (14.53 m)
  • 49 ft 10 in (15.19 m)
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  • 57 in (144.78 cm)
  • 58 in (147.32 cm)
  • 13 ft 7 in (4.14 ft)
  • 8
  • 65 cubic ft (1.8 cubic m)

 

Quote

 

As a pilot, I think there is that natural desire to accomplish feats and push your aircraft to its known safe limits.

 

~Jared Isaacman


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