An inside look at Cessna’s new Citation Latitude

From the extra cabin space to its performance and control, passengers and pilots alike are going to enjoy the new Cessna Citation Latitude business jet from Wichita’s Textron Aviation.

We are impressed by the extra room the larger cabin allowed in the cockpit, as well as the Latitudes Garmin G5000 flight deck. The power generated by the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306D1 turbofan engines, its handling at low speeds and its easy landing is also impressive.

The plane flies like the Citation Sovereign+ aircraft, with “no fuss and no surprises, plenty of performance capabilities, capably and intuitive avionics and systems and a super-quiet cockpit.” And the $16.25 million, Wichita-built Latitude will be heading out the door to customers very soon. FAA certification is expected in the second quarter. Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) CEO Scott Donnelly said last week that flight testing is done on the Latitude and deliveries are expected to begin in the third quarter.

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