Citation Ten makes first flight

written by australianaviation.com.au | January 20, 2012
The Citation Ten has made its first flight. (Cessna)

Cessna’s Citation Ten, an improved development of its popular Citation X business jet, made its first flight on January 17.

The two hour flight, which operated from Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport, assessed aircraft stability and control, the autopilot and autothrottle system, engine operability and avionics operation.

“It took a significant amount of work by a large number of people to get us to this milestone today and I am happy to report that the aircraft performed exceptionally well and handling characteristics were excellent; just as predicted,” said Cessna engineering test pilot Michael Voigt. “All systems functioned as expected including the Garmin G5000 avionics system.”

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Cessna says that US Federal Aviation Administration type certification is “on track” for mid-2013. First deliveries are planned for the second half of that year.

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