Cessna Latitude Makes First Flight

Feb 19, 2014 No Comments by

Cessna Aircraft’s new midsize business jet, the Citation Latitude, made its maiden flight on Tuesday, a milestone in the development program.

“The airplane handles wonderfully,” Aaron Tobias, Cessna’s senior flight test pilot, said after the flight. “It’s an easy-flying Cessna.”

The pilots were able to successfully complete all tests planned for the first flight. All systems performed as expected, Tobias said. They were able to test all the major systems, avionics, flaps, landing gear, pressurization system, anti-ice capabilities, stability and control. “To go out and run the card as we did today amazes me,” Tobias said.

For the complete story by Molly McMillin of The Wichita (Kans.) Eagle, click here.

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